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.
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...
Min. Dionisio D'Aguilar announced as New Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization
- Jun 10, 2017 - 3:13:04 AM
and Aviation Minister Dionisio D'Aguilar was yesterday announced as the
new chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) during a press
at CTO Caribbean week in New York City.
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...
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...
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
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.
dynamic performances by La Troupe Zetwal of Haiti and Danza Fiesta of
Puerto Rico were a demonstration of our truly rich and diverse culture...
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...
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...
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...
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
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
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...
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).
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.
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...
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...
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)...
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...
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
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..."
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
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...