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Youngest Tourism Association President demits office, highlights St. Lucia successes - Jul 21, 2018 - 10:20:07 AM

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The outgoing president of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA), and the youngest to date, expressed his appreciation to the executive and membership of the trade association for their accomplishments over the past two years.

In his final appearance as president at yesterday's Annual General Meeting, Sanovnik Destang, 37, stated the collective work of the influential private sector body contributed to the growth of tourism on the island, pointing to statistics showing double-digit increases in stay-over arrivals and expenditures in 2017, and similar advances in cruise arrivals.
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS condemns violence in Nicaragua calls on government to agree to electoral calendar - Jul 19, 2018 - 9:59:47 AM

The Organization of American States (OAS) today condemned the acts of violence in Nicaragua, called on all parts to participate “actively and in good faith” in the National Dialogue and urged the Government “to support an electoral calendar,” in a resolution approved by the Permanent Council with 21 votes in favor.

The resolution specifically condemns “the attacks on clergy, the harassment of Roman Catholic bishops engaged in the National Dialogue process, the acts of violence at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN), the headquarters of CARITAS, and other peaceful protesters.”
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2nd Batch of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit being trained in Barbados - Jul 16, 2018 - 5:46:56 PM

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The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Unit (CDEMA CU) and the Regional Security System Headquarters (RSS HQ) convened a second training workshop of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) to serve the region during the period August 2018 to July 2019. The training workshop is taking place from July 16 – 20, 2018, at the Frank Walcott Labour College in St. Phillip, Barbados with funding support from the United States Government through the US Southern Command.

A first batch consisting 33 members of the CDRU was trained in Antigua and Barbuda earlier this year in May, taking into account a range of recommendations from the After Action Review conducted on the Hurricanes of September last year...
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Commonwealth mission to observe elections in Pakistan - Jul 16, 2018 - 2:58:35 PM

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The Secretary-General will deploy a Commonwealth group to observe the forthcoming general elections in Pakistan, scheduled for 25 July.

Led by Nigeria’s former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, the Commonwealth Observer Group comprises eminent persons drawn from across the regions of the Commonwealth, with distinguished backgrounds in law, election administration, diplomacy, human rights, civil society, politics and media, among others.

The mandate of the Group is to consider the factors that affect the credibility of the electoral process as a whole. Members will form...
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Apple Leisure Group inks first resort management deal in St. Martin - Jul 16, 2018 - 11:15:29 AM

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AMResorts, an Apple Leisure Group (ALG) company, announced today its entry into St. Martin with the signing of a new resort brand management deal to bring its Secrets Resorts & Spas brand to the island. With the addition of this new resort, ALG maintains its position of having the largest pipeline of all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, with more than 6,000 rooms in development.
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS to Support legislature of autonomous city of Buenos Aires - Jul 14, 2018 - 10:47:23 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Legislature of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires today signed an agreement to modernize and provide greater transparency in the management of the legislative body.

The First Vice President of the Legislature of Buenos Aires, Francisco Quintana, highlighted the common values shared by the Buenos Aires legislative body and the OAS, adding that the agreement aims to "work on issues of innovation, transparency, accountability and political communication."...
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OAS and PADF to support social inclusion policies in destination Countries of Venezuelan migrants - Jul 12, 2018 - 11:18:39 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) today agreed to support the governments of countries receiving Venezuelan migrants. The main objective of the agreement is to implement actions in areas related to the protection and local integration of Venezuelan migrants and refugees, the development of social inclusion policies, and the generation of economic opportunities that facilitate their autonomy and allow them to contribute to the communities that receive them.

At the signing ceremony, the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, referred to the magnitude of the exodus of Venezuelan citizens and the social and political implications of the situation...
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Global Travel Magazine gives top marks to Jade Mountain & Anse Chastanet - Jul 12, 2018 - 3:36:12 PM

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Jade Mountain resort is the number one hotel in St. Lucia, according to readers of the influential Travel + Leisure (T+L) magazine, which also placed its sister hotel Anse Chastanet in the top five on the island.

According to the magazine's 2018 World's Best Awards, the renowned resorts took the first and third place, respectively, on the island of St. Lucia, and second and sixth spots, respectively, in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas category. Additionally, Jade Mountain was ranked among the Top 100 Hotels in the World.
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Experts meet to advance drafting of Model Law on femicide/feminicide - Jul 12, 2018 - 3:18:14 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) deployed six electoral observation missions in five countries of the Americas in 2017, with 373 international experts and observers present at more than 2,000 polling stations, according to the Annual Report of the OAS Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) presented this week. The OAS Missions observed presidential, legislative, municipal, local and parliamentary elections that affected the lives of more than 43 million citizens of the Americas.
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Experts meet to advance drafting of model law on Femicide/Feminicide - Jul 12, 2018 - 3:09:46 PM

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On July 10th and 11th 2018, the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI) and UN Women organized the second external consultation of experts on femicide/feminicide in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The objective of the meeting was to advance the consolidation of the draft "Comprehensive Model Law to prevent, punish, and eradicate violent deaths of women based on their gender (Femicide/Feminicide)" that is being prepared by the Committee of Experts of the MESECVI.
 
News : International : Caribbean News
A more Inclusive model for Saint Lucia’s Tourism - Jul 12, 2018 - 3:08:25 PM

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While there’s no use crying over spilt milk, to not investigate why the milk spilt, nor determine how to mitigate against further spills is to invite more of the same and a recipe for disaster.  With this truth established the Allied Sector of Saint Lucia’s tourism must as a collective identify solutions to the challenges we face as a matter of urgency.

Create an Allied Sector Advocacy sub-Committee consisting of 3 - 5 allied members to champion change…


Establish a business facilitation desk at the SLHTA and/or the Ministry
News : International : Caribbean News
Bringing CE-INTELLIGENCE to the Caribbean - Jul 11, 2018 - 2:49:01 PM

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Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with the European Union officially launched their market intelligence portal, known as CE-INTELLIGENCE.

At the media launch held at the newly renovated Warrens Great House on Tuesday 10th, July 2018, Executive Director Pamela Coke-Hamilton outlined the importance of the CE-Intelligence portal for private sector firms looking to grow their businesses through exporting to new markets... 
News : International : Caribbean News
Exotic Saint Lucian recipe featured US TV network - Jul 11, 2018 - 12:31:51 PM

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Saint Lucia’s culinary attraction has been showcased on primetime television in the United States. NBC6, Miami’s “In the Mix” program featured Saint Lucian-born Chef, Shorne Benjamin, joining host, Johanna Gomez live to prepare one of the island’s signature dishes – green fig salad. Gomez was invited to assist in preparing the exotic, yet simple dish, with cooked green bananas, mixed vegetables and avocadoes, accented with stewed salt fish, peppers and onions, all mixed together to create the dish.  Chef Benjamin also served up a creative golden brown mango bread that was all the rave.
News : International : Caribbean News
St. Lucia's PM to raise concerns about CSME, Security and Climate Change at 39th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference - Jul 4, 2018 - 11:55:11 AM

As the Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM convenes in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet has expressed plans to have in-depth discussions with counterparts about the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), among other concerns.

Ahead of the meeting, Prime Minister Chastanet explained that “Saint Lucia is going to this meeting with a clear agenda...
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Small states negotiators ‘better prepared’ - Jul 3, 2018 - 8:31:25 AM

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Officials from Commonwealth small states have completed a specially-designed course to strengthen their negotiation skills in international decision-making forums.

The two-day training was the first such activity delivered by the Commonwealth Small States Centre of Excellence and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research...
News : International : Caribbean News
Saint Lucia Clarifies Position on LIAT - Jul 2, 2018 - 6:43:33 PM

Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet has clarified the Government of Saint Lucia’s position on LIAT following reports carried by local and regional media that Saint Lucia will subsidise the airline.

“We support LIAT as a regional airline and remain committed to seeing the necessary restructuring and some real change in operations at LIAT,” explained Prime Minister Chastanet...
News : International : Caribbean News
Haiti Hotel Promotes "Urban Mural" Culture - Jul 2, 2018 - 4:13:13 PM

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A historic Caribbean hotel is beautifying the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince with a stunning mural of Haitian art.
 
The mural, commissioned last summer by the hotel's management team and created by renowned Haitian graffiti artist Jerry Rosembert Moise, wraps around the popular Le Plaza hotel to feature the globally-famed creativity of Haitian artisans.

Rosembert Moise, assisted by Nadia Todres, an American photographer resident in the country since 2010, is known for highlighting the vibrancy of Haiti's art and culture...
News : International : Caribbean News
Best practices for FAD Fisheries being finalized for Caribbean and Pacific SIDS - Jul 2, 2018 - 9:51:24 AM

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The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has been working along with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to develop a set of best practices for small-scale fisheries centered around Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The best practices are being documented following a Pacific-Caribbean Nearshore FAD Fisher Exchange with representatives from 7 SIDS in the Caribbean and the Pacific who recently participated in a study tour in Barbados, Grenada and Dominica.

Fishers and Fisheries officials from the Cook Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu and Tonga were in the Caribbean for 12 days, up to the end of May, on a mission organized by the CRFM, in collaboration with the FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands (FAO SAP) in Samoa...
News : International : Caribbean News
Impact Of Britain's Air Passenger Duty should guide Caribbean Tax Decisions - Jun 30, 2018 - 6:00:36 AM
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The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) strongly urged Governments in the region to consider carefully the impact of leveling high air travel-related taxes and fees on travel demand as they wrestle with balancing budgets.
 
"We recognize the challenges facing countries, but it is our duty to point out that taxing for additional revenue may have a reverse effect as tourists may choose not to travel to or within the Caribbean and instead select other destinations because of the high cost of our destinations," stated CHTA's Director General and CEO Frank Comito...
News : International : Caribbean News
Kingston cops Nearshore City of the Year at Nexus Illuminate Awards - Jun 29, 2018 - 5:30:42 PM

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Kingston has received the award of Nearshore City of the Year at the Nexus Illuminate Awards, hosted by Nearshore Americas in San Francisco, USA. Jamaica’s trade and investment promotion Agency, JAMPRO, received the honor at the awards ceremony on June 26, 2018. The Illuminate Awards recognizes the leading Outsourcing companies and countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, for their innovation and excellent performance. 

Kingston received the award as a result of its performance in the Outsourcing sector in the past year, which included 5,000 new jobs being created by existing and new Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) players in the city...

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