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Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs at Business Forum in New York - Sep 21, 2017 - 12:33:30 PM

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The Hon. Darren Henfield, Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs, is pictured at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the inaugural Bloomberg Business Forum, which is described as “an unprecedented convening of many of the most significant world leaders and international CEOs ever assembled in a single day.”

Pictured from left to right: Mr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Permanent Secretary; Mr. Vernon Jordan, American business executive and noted civil rights activist; Minister Henfield...
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Dominica Report from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) as on September 20th - Sep 21, 2017 - 12:25:03 PM

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Maria, the 13th named hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane near the Leeward Islands on Monday September 18th, 2017. Hurricane Maria impacted Dominica at approximately 9:35pm on September 18th as an extremely strong hurricane with wind speeds of 155 mph. Maria then impacted St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda on September 19th, 2017 and the Virgin Islands September 19 – 20, 2017.

At 800 PM AST (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 18.9 North, longitude 67.5 West. Maria is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through Thursday night...
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Saint Lucia reaches out in Hurricane relief efforts - Sep 21, 2017 - 10:33:41 AM

The Government of Saint Lucia along with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has activated hurricane relief mechanisms to provide aid to the territories affected by Hurricane Irma.

The Office of the Prime Minister wishes to extend assistance to the Saint Lucian Diaspora in these areas, especially at this time in Dominica. In this regard persons concerned about relatives in those areas are being requested to submit information of Saint Lucians residing in affected areas for us to attempt to make contact or facilitate assistance...
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Update by Saint Lucia Acting Prime Minister Honourable Lenard Montoute on Hurricane Maria - Sep 18, 2017 - 11:48:43 PM

Saint Lucia is under a tropical storm warning.  Tropical storm force winds accompanied by heavy to moderate showers are expected to persist during the next 24 hours and therefore all necessary precautions are still required.

Maria is now a Category 5 and moving over the Northern Windward Islands.  Already we are getting reports of very severe weather in Dominica. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our neighbours and family there, as well as those already affected by recent storms, and who may again be in the path of Hurricane Maria...
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Health City Cayman Islands joins Hurricane Irma relief effort - Sep 13, 2017 - 9:28:46 PM

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CAYMAN ISLANDS (September 13, 2017) - Health City Cayman Islands is part of a relief effort being coordinated by the Cayman Islands Government to send supplies, medicines and medical staff to Anguilla, a fellow British Overseas Territory.
 
Dr. Chandy Abraham, CEO and Medical Director of the Caribbean tertiary care hospital, said that Health City and the Cayman Islands community are shocked and saddened at the level of devastation in the northeastern Caribbean...
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All Clear given for the Turks and Caicos Islands - Sep 8, 2017 - 7:24:00 PM

The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has issued an “ALL Clear” for the Turks and Caicos Islands, which was pummeled by the Category 5 Hurricane Irma in a trail of destruction and killing at least 14 people.

Hurricane Irma has pummelled the Turks and Caicos Islands after leaving a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, killing at least 14 people, according to the BBC news on Friday, September 8, 2017...
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Dominica Douglas-Charles Airport to reopen 1:00 pm today - PM Skerrit issues video statement on passage of Hurricane Irma. - Sep 6, 2017 - 9:48:20 AM

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Roseau, Dominica (September 6, 2017 - 11:00 a.m.) -- The Ministry of Public Works and Ports is pleased to inform the general public that the Douglas-Charles Airport will be reopened from 1:00 pm today September 6, 2017.

The Ministry of Public Works and Ports wishes to thank you for your patience and understanding.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has issued a statement from Roseau, Dominica following the passage of Hurricane Irma. At the moment, schools in Dominica are closed, the Douglas-Charles Airport is closed, but workers are back to work. Below are links to watch and listen to the Prime Minister's statement.

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U.S. News & World Report ranks Cleveland Clinic Florida among best in region and nation - Aug 30, 2017 - 3:49:17 PM

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For 19 consecutive years, Cleveland Clinic has ranked among the top five hospitals in the United States, according to the annual report issued by U.S. News & World Report. This year, in addition to being number 2 in the general classification of all hospitals, it has also been ranked as number 1 in urology and, for 23 consecutive years, it has remained the country's number 1 hospital in cardiology and heart surgery.

The annual report of the best hospitals for the period 2017-2018 also places Cleveland Clinic Florida as number 2 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area, and has ranked Cleveland Clinic Florida among the best hospitals in the region and highest in Broward County eight years in a row. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area includes Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach..
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Bahamian Educator to participate in US State Department Program focused on advancing Civic Engagement - Aug 29, 2017 - 10:55:29 AM

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Ms. Rayette McDonald, an elementary school teacher and youth mentor, has been selected to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) entitled, “Advancing and Sustaining Civic Engagement” which will take place September 11-29th in the United States.   On August 18, Ms. McDonald visited the U.S. Embassy and met with Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Public Affairs Officer Penny Rechkemmer to discuss her participation in the program.

The IVLP is a prestigious worldwide program, fully funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides rising professionals in all fields the opportunity to travel to the United States to network with their professional counterparts, as well as learn more about the United States and its policies...
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Herod Stanislas appointed to Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources & Co-operatives - Aug 28, 2017 - 1:38:16 PM

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Member of Parliament for Soufriere/Fond St Jacques, the Honourable Herod Stanislas, has been appointed to serve as Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, with effect from August 21st 2017.

Minister Stanislas had previously served as a Minister in the Ministry of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation.
Following his recent appointment, Minister Stanislas thanked all the staff at his previous Ministry for their support.
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John Robert Lee’s Collected Poems 1975 – 2015: A review by MacDonald Dixon - Aug 28, 2017 - 10:47:47 AM

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Collected Poems 1975 – 2015 by John Robert Lee (Peepal Tree Press, 2017) represents one man’s spiritual journey meandering through thorny labyrinths of faith, in the poet’s words, “from inner city provinces to southern islands of Amerika.” (“Challenger”) The journey began long before 1975 when a young Robert witnessed his father Alleyne relishing a dessert of fresh ripe mangoes on a Sunday afternoon and began to contemplate his romance with the written word. Engulfed by greenery in the little arbour at La Carierre on the outskirts of Castries, St. Lucia where he lived, and intoxicated by night sounds from crickets and distant hi-fi sounds, it was easy to observe and dream...

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New OECD Global Forum Report rates the Cayman Islands as “Largely Compliant” on Tax Information Exchange, same rating as Canada, Germany and Australia - Aug 24, 2017 - 3:40:03 PM

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Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance, issued the following statement about a new peer review report by the OECD’s Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes which rated the Cayman Islands as “largely compliant” with the international standard.

“By rating the Cayman Islands as ‘largely compliant,’ the new OECD report again confirms that we meet or exceed globally-accepted standards for transparency and cross border cooperation on exchange of tax information. Achieving the same rating as top rated G20 member countries Canada, Germany and Australia further establishes Cayman’s place among the G20 Plus – jurisdictions including G20 countries and top international financial centres that adhere to the highest global transparency standards.”...
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Government of Saint Lucia to welcome President of Chile on official state visit - Aug 23, 2017 - 10:49:00 AM

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The President of Chile, Ms. Michelle Bachelet is scheduled to make an Official State Visit to Saint Lucia from Thursday 24th August to Friday 25th August 2017.

The Government of Saint Lucia is in the advanced stages of preparations to welcome Her Excellency Ms. Michelle Bachelet to our island. H.E Ms. Bachelet is the first female to hold the prestigious office of President in the Republic of Chile and is on her second term as President, having served from 2006 to 2010.

Saint Lucia first established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Chile in 1991 and the Government of Saint Lucia ...
 
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Actor, director, travel writer Andrew McCarthy to keynote Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum - Aug 22, 2017 - 1:46:15 PM

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National Geographic Traveler Partners with CTO on Event Scheduled Sept. 6-8 in St. Kitts

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region's tourism development agency, has partnered with National Geographic Traveler to invite Andrew McCarthy, the magazine's editor-at-large and actor, director and award-winning travel writer, to deliver the keynote address at the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum, taking place Sept. 6 - 8 at the Ocean Terrace Inn in St. Kitts.

"We are grateful that our relationship with National Geographic Traveler has created the opportunity for Andrew McCarthy to address attendees at the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum," said Hugh Riley, secretary general of the CTO. "Mr. McCarthy has extensive knowledge of the Caribbean, having travelled and written about the many of our member countries. We look forward to his insight on this valuable topic impacting our region," added Riley....
   
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U.S. Embassy Nassau announces The Bahamas’ 2017 Cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program - Aug 22, 2017 - 10:37:12 AM
 
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The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the 2017 cohort from The Bahamas for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.  The YLAI program supports the United States’ commitment to increase trade and investment in the region. The five-week program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will bring 250 young leaders from 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States to augment their business or social venture plans, learn from U.S. counterparts, and share best practices.

This year we are pleased to announce that three young leaders from The Bahamas have been accepted out of more than 3,000 applications to the YLAI Professional Fellows Program...
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RUBiS committed to Jamaican growth agenda through Infrastructural investments - Aug 21, 2017 - 2:20:45 PM

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Kingston, Jamaice - RUBiS Energy Jamaica is making a big investment locally with their infrastructural upgrade programme, which is 100 percent planned, overseen and executed by local engineers and contractors. The petroleum marketing and bulk distribution company is fully supportive and is contributing to Jamaica’s financial growth agenda, which is overseen by the Economic Growth Committee (EGC), through tangible investments. RUBiS recently reopened the fuel forecourt at its latest upgraded facility, RUBiS Old Hope Road following six months of wide-ranging improvements.   
                       
The service station located at, 94 Old Hope Road, Kingston, underwent extensive engineering works including construction of a new service station building, installation of a new canopy, fuel tanks and smart fuel pump control systems...
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CTO, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce & Industry create cooperation strategy for diaspora for 2017-18 - Aug 21, 2017 - 11:42:24 AM

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) recently formalized a cooperation strategy between the two organizations to strengthen the role of the Caribbean Diaspora while sharing resources and creating sustainability for the people and the region.
 
"CACCI believes that now is indeed the time for serious, positive action. We stand ready to support the regional integration process and will continue to respond positively to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), CARICOM, and OECS heads of government for assistance requested," Dr. Roy A. Hastick Sr., the president and chief executive officer of CACCI  said in reference to the Caribbean Community and sub-regional grouping, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, as he introduced Hugh Riley, the secretary general of the CTO, to the member delegates...
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Caribbean Tourism Organization calls for United states/Caribbean strategic alliance - Aug 18, 2017 - 12:34:53 PM

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has called for a formal partnership between the region's tourism sector and those responsible for implementing the United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act, known as H.R. 2939.
 
The Act, which was passed in the United States Congress on Dec. 13, 2016 and signed into law by then U.S. President Barack Obama three days later, mandates a new long-term strategy to strengthen ties between Washington, D.C. and the Caribbean region. It is designed to increase the security, prosperity and well-being of the people of the United States and the Caribbean.
 
Addressing the importance of the Act to Caribbean tourism at a recent meeting in Washington, D.C., CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley referenced a tourism working group established by Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
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Statement by Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet on Tropical Storm Harvey: - Aug 18, 2017 - 12:22:27 AM

“The latest information from NEMO and the Met office is that Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to intensify over the next two hours.

“As such all offices, commercial and Government, should remain closed until 1:00 PM.

The 1:00PM time is conditional to receiving the all clear by 12:00PM. I am asking everyone to remain indoors and continue to exercise caution....
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Secretary-General "delighted" with Zambian opposition leader's release - Aug 16, 2017 - 11:37:23 AM

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The decision to release the Zambian opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, will help to progress peaceful dialogue, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said in a statement today.

The Secretary-General was responding to the news that Zambia’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) had decided to stay the treason case against the leader of the United Party for National Development through what’s called a nolle prosequi.

Expressing delight at the developments Secretary-General Scotland said, the DPP’s decision to issue a nolle prosequi was understandable and that in the circumstances it “is reasonable and offers a unique opportunity for the country to move forward in the interest of all Zambians, and to achieve political cohesion and reconciliation through dialogue.”...

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