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Caribbean Regulatory System recommends its first generic drugs for sale in the region - Jun 12, 2017 - 1:52:01 PM

Four essential generic medicines for HIV treatment were assessed and recommended for sale in May by the Caribbean Regulatory System in one of its first actions advising  governments on medicines regulation in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The Caribbean Public Health Agency/Caribbean Regulatory System (CARPHA/CRS) recommended manufacturer versions of four products, including Emtricitibine/Tenofovir and Tenofovir tablets, used in the treatment of HIV.
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Caribbean Tourism Organization signs MOU with Travel Foundation - Jun 12, 2017 - 1:31:53 PM

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Travel Foundation (TF) to formally establish a framework of cooperation and facilitate collaboration between the organizations in areas of common interest to contribute to sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean Region. The MOU was signed on Thursday, June 8, during a CTO press conference held during Caribbean Week New York.
TF, the international charity that works with destinations and leading organizations to improve the impacts of tourism on people and the environment, and CTO will facilitate the joint implementation of projects and publications, the organization of workshops, seminars, meetings, conferences, and other initiatives on matters of common interest...
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Min. Dionisio D'Aguilar announced as New Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization - Jun 10, 2017 - 3:13:04 AM

Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D'Aguilar was yesterday announced as the new chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) during a press conference at CTO Caribbean week in New York City.

The CTO is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. D'Aguilar will lead the charge for the next year. Tourism Director General Joy Jibriluserves as the Chair of theCTO Board of Directors. She was appointed in September 2016...
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Tosheena Robinson-Blair wins Media Awards during Caribbean Week New York - Jun 9, 2017 - 2:14:04 PM

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) crowned the winners in its annual Caribbean Media Awards competition and recognized journalists at the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Wyndham New Yorker.
During the awards luncheon, sponsored by Jamaica, CTO's secretary general Hugh Riley presented the awards to a packed audience of Tourism Ministers and other dignitaries from the Caribbean, industry executives and other well regarded journalists. Local NBC news personality Dave Price hosted the Luncheon...
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Caribbean Arrival Numbers Up After First Quarter - Jun 9, 2017 - 1:37:03 PM

This has been thus far a fantastic Caribbean Week, with renewed energy and purpose among our ministers, directors, tourism officials and everyone involved.

For the first time ever we presented Caribbean culture and heritage in a very practical manner at our Diaspora Forum, which itself returned to Brooklyn after many years.

Truly dynamic performances by La Troupe Zetwal of Haiti and Danza Fiesta of Puerto Rico were a demonstration of our truly rich and diverse culture...
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BizBash Selects Miami Carnival As One of Miami/South/South Florida’s Top 100 Events - Jun 9, 2017 - 10:17:03 AM

From galas and benefits, to entertainment, sporting events, and more, BizBash has announced its 2017 list of Top 100 Events in Miami/South Florida and has named Miami Carnival to this exclusive list. To select and rank these events, BizBash considers the event’s influence within the industry, in addition to innovation, reach, economic impact, and more.

Miami Carnival lends a cultural authenticity to Miami’s Caribbean vibe that is undeniable. This staple event has become another feather in Miami’s rich cultural diversity cap. With over 15,000 masqueraders who will  parade and are judged on creativity, craftsmanship and presentation, the buzz this year is that the vibrantly colored costumes are even bigger, more colorful and bolder. #MiamiCarnival will take place Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Miami-Dade Fairgrounds(10901 SW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33165 from 12noon-11pm...
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Caribbean Tourism Organization Hosts Former U.S. Congressman during Caribbean Week New York - Jun 8, 2017 - 1:02:41 PM

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) hosted former U.S. Congressman, Charles Rangel, at a cocktail reception held at the Wyndham New Yorker June 6, 2017 during Caribbean Week New York.  During the reception, the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors presented Mr. Rangel with an award of appreciation for his longstanding work in advancing U.S.-Caribbean relations during his 46 years in Congress.

A lifetime resident of Harlem, Charles Rangel said, "I am proud to have served for humane causes and to have serviced my district." He continued, "There has not been one day where I've had one regret about choosing to work in public service." He was accompanied by his wife, Alma Rangel...
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The Caribbean advance in the adaptation of the Global Strategy for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents - Jun 6, 2017 - 1:09:46 PM

Representatives of public health systems, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and civil society from 18 Caribbean countries and territories met together last week with the international agencies that integrate the Regional Coordination Mechanism for the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health, in order to adapt the Strategy to the context of the Caribbean.

“We need to identify interventions that are practical, affordable and impactful, while ensuring that we bear in mind the cultural, ethnic and economic diversities that make the Caribbean such a colorful, varied and interesting region of this world”, said Dr Godfrey Xuereb...
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Simon Suarez Named Caribbean Hotelier of the Year - Jun 6, 2017 - 11:24:57 AM

Respected Caribbean hotelier Simón Suárez was named the 2017 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).

Suárez, Vice President of Institutional Relations and Projects of Grupo Puntacana in the Dominican Republic, received the coveted honor at the opening of the third annual Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), hosted by CHTA, in Miami on Friday night.

Accepting the region's premier hospitality award, Suárez, a former CHTA president, recognized his colleagues, friends and family, while reminding delegates in attendance to "embrace unity, diversity and ingenuity" in the Caribbean...
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Barbados Hotelier Named President-Elect of Caribbean Hotel And Tourism Association - Jun 6, 2017 - 10:34:43 AM

Leading hotelier Patricia Affonso-Dass is the new President-elect of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).

The Group General Manager at Ocean Hotels in Barbados, Mrs. Affonso-Dass was elected to the important leadership role on Friday at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's AGM, held alongside the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) and Taste of the Caribbean at the Hyatt Regency in Miami this past weekend.

Affonso-Dass, a graduate of Florida International University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, serves as president-elect for the next year before taking over the presidency of the travel trade association next summer from current incumbent Karolin Troubetzkoy...
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St. Lucia Minister on World Environment Day 2017 - Jun 5, 2017 - 9:44:58 PM

World Environment Day Statement by Hon. Gale T.C. Rigobert, Minister of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development on June 5, 2017:

As Saint Lucia joins the rest of the world in recognizing World Environment Day on June 5th, I reflect on Saint Lucia’s tagline 'Simply Beautiful'. The United Nations has chosen to commemorate this year’s observance under the theme of “Connecting People to Nature”. The simple and natural beauty of Saint Lucia is what has brought many visitors to our shores; it is what has made us proud as a people and it is what connects our culture, our economy and our history...

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ILO head calls for the much needed greening of the world of work - Jun 5, 2017 - 1:03:44 PM

The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, has told delegates that nothing will more clearly distinguish the first hundred years of the ILO’s history from the second “than the necessary greening of the world of work”.

“Today, the Paris Agreement and the national commitments made under its terms, together with the 2030 Agenda, provide a unique opportunity to translate the tripartite consensus we have constructed into large scale practical ILO work with member States,” Ryder said in opening remarks to the 106th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC)...
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Commonwealth leads the way at United Nations Oceans Conference - Jun 5, 2017 - 12:29:38 PM

Leaders from coastal nations and small island developing states from the Commonwealth will surf a wave of optimism this week at a major United Nations summit which aims to deliver on a global promise to conserve and sustainably manage the seas.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland leads a delegation from the Commonwealth Secretariat, which is working with its member states – who represent a third of the world’s population and much of its ocean space – to champion a new sustainable approach to growth centred around the blue economy...
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U.S. President Recognizes Caribbean-American Heritage Month - Jun 5, 2017 - 11:05:59 AM

As the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) kicks-off its annual Caribbean Week New York on June 4, 2017, United States President Donald Trump proclaimed the month of June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

According to the White House Office of the Press Secretary, President Trump stated, "We are grateful for the culture Caribbean-Americans have shared with our Nation and the many contributions they have made to our society." He continued, "Throughout our history, Caribbean-Americans have helped create and maintain the strength and independence of our Nation..."
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Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association on Climate Change - Jun 2, 2017 - 2:01:10 PM

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), a federation of 32 private sector-led organizations throughout the Caribbean basin, reiterates its previous position to join with the nations throughout the Caribbean in supporting the adoption of the Paris climate change agreement.

The Caribbean is one of the world's most vulnerable regions to the escalating effects of climate change. The socio-economic consequences from rising sea levels and temperatures, increasingly violent storms and severe droughts, oil spills, mismanagement of waste, and coral bleaching are having mounting consequences, and left unchecked threaten the very viability of the region's economies and societies, and the health and welfare of Caribbean people...
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Industry Leaders to be Honoured During Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon; Journalistic Excellence Recognized - Jun 1, 2017 - 7:03:24 PM

During Caribbean Week 2017, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will bestow special honors on four individuals, in addition to the presentation of media awards, during its annual Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon. The Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon will take place Thursday, June 8, from noon - 2:00 p.m. at the Wyndham New Yorker (481 Eighth Avenue).
Hon. Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism for Turks & Caicos Islands, will be presented with the Allied Award; Cyndi Miller Aird from Miller Aird Destination Marketing will receive this year's Special Recognition Award; and for the first time, two people will be presented with the Jerry Award: Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman and CEO of Sandals Resorts International, and Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Minister Henfield delivers statement to OAS - Jun 1, 2017 - 4:15:53 PM

The Hon. Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs, returned to Nassau from an official visit to Washington, D.C., 30th May - 1st June 2017, where he participated in the Twenty-ninth Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the Situation in Venezuela.

On arrival in Washington DC, 30 May, Minister Henfield met with diplomatic staff of the Embassy/Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Consular Annex, where he was briefed on the work of the respective offices and the portfolios of each officer.
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Bahamas spelling bee champ makes it to third round - Jun 1, 2017 - 1:30:29 PM

Although he was eliminated in the third round, The Bahamas has every reason to be proud of the performance of Jee’von Arden Pratt, The Bahamas National Spelling Bee champion, in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee that culminates with a live broadcast on ESPN when 40 finalists compete for the 2017 championship.

The first round was a written test, the scores of which are added to the subsequent oral rounds. Jee'von appeared very confident in the second round, for which the contestants are given a list of some 400 words to study...
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Promoting Regional Trade at Agroalimentaria - Jun 1, 2017 - 10:49:37 AM

Regional trade is a key component for economic stability across the Caribbean, and greater trade from the agricultural sector could significantly contribute towards the lowering of the regions food import bill from outside of the region. It is in view of this that the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has support regional firms to attend the Dominican Republic’s Agroalimentaria Fair; the country’s largest and most important food and beverage trade fair.

Six CARICOM countries participated in this years‘ event, funded by the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme, and presented a range of products; including 10 Saints Brewery Company Ltd from Barbados; Pomeroon Oil Mill Inc. from Guyana; the Saint Lucia Trade Promotions Agency (TEPA), representing three companies from Saint Lucia...
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Foreign Affairs Minister Henfield Receives Briefing In D.C. - May 31, 2017 - 10:24:23 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Shortly after he arrived in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday afternoon, May 30, 2017, Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield met with diplomatic staff members of the Bahamas Embassy and The Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex in the conference room of the Embassy, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., where he was briefed on the various diplomatic engagements of the Embassy and the Consular Annex.

Pictured from left to right during the briefing session are His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States...

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