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Tamara Groeneveldt “literary ambassador” for St. Martin writers at St. Martin Book Fair 2019 - May 25, 2019 - 10:30:39 AM

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Tamara Groeneveldt leads the list of St. Martin writers and workshop leaders at the 17th annual St. Martin Book Fair, June 6 – 8, 2019, said Shujah Reiph, the festival coordinator.

“Each year the book fair looks for a published writer from St. Martin to represent the writers, aspiring writers, and authors of our whole island,” said Reiph.

Earlier this year House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP) also accepted Groeneveldt’s manuscript of poems for publication.

“The idea now is to have Tamara’s first poetry book released at St. Martin Book Fair 2019. The new book will be a highlight of Tamara’s role as a literary ambassador...
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Multi-awarded Guyanese-american Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome - May 25, 2019 - 9:30:02 AM

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Readers’ Favorite International announces the Five Star***** review of the recently published non-Fiction/General book “Israel Against All Odds” (Volume One) by multi-awarded author Christopher H. K. Persaud. The book is currently available at:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1949586723

Readers’ Favorite International is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins...
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Statement by the OAS Secretary General: Colombia and the Peace - May 24, 2019 - 7:30:06 PM

The Government of President Duque has done everything to maintain peace, to deepen peace with justice and at the same time eradicate plantations and fight drug trafficking. It has not been nor will it be an easy task. It is a proven fact that when the government assumed power in August, the cultivation of coca had reached record levels...
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15 local charities benefit from Saint Lucia Prime Minister’s Independence Ball - May 24, 2019 - 4:20:02 PM

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It was a morning of recognizing and contributing to some worthy causes in Saint Lucia as the proceeds of the Prime Minister’s Independence Ball 2019 were presented to fifteen (15) local charities and organizations. 

One after the other representatives spoke about the work of their organization and how thankful they were for the support...
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OAS to Collaborate with ProFuturo on Interactive Education in Guyana and with Telefónica to Reduce the Digital Divide in Women and Rural Areas - May 24, 2019 - 3:05:56 PM

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The Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) of the Organization of American States (OAS), Telefónica, and Fundación ProFuturo today signed two agreements to promote digital inclusion and education in the region, as part of the commitments made in the framework of the TIC 2030 Alliance.

The agreement signed with ProFuturo is focused on digital education in Guyana, where 5,435 primary school students and 449 teachers in the country will have access to interactive content and materials to improve their learning experiences...
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OPIC Acting President & CEO Bohigian Leads Delegation to St. Lucia - May 23, 2019 - 10:40:23 AM

David Bohigian, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, visited St. Lucia, where he met with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and other senior government officials to discuss opportunities for U.S. investment in infrastructure, energy, water, and women’s empowerment as well as strengthen security cooperation in the region...
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Malawi election handled with “professionalism and dedication”: observer group - May 23, 2019 - 9:27:12 AM

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As Malawians await the results of their general elections, the Commonwealth group observing the polls has commended the country for ensuring a peaceful electoral process to date.

The chairperson of the Commonwealth Observer Group, Thabo Mbeki, remarked that although the initial pace of tallying was slow, the observer group will continue to follow progress in the days ahead. He stressed the importance of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) being given the time and space to conclude its work...
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IAEA launches project to help countries fight food fraud - May 22, 2019 - 10:35:33 AM

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has launched a five-year research project with experts from 16 countries to refine methods to apply nuclear-derived techniques to test for accuracy in food labels..
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Alice Walker “reading” Plastered in Pretty by N.C. Marks - May 22, 2019 - 6:45:42 AM

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“I’m reading Pretty and I’m loving it. It’s fresh, you are writing for these times. I also like the fact that you spoke in your language,” said acclaimed USA author Alice Walker to Vincentian writer N.C. Marks about her new novel, Plastered in Pretty.

One of the world’s noted authors reading and commenting on the new book by a totally new novelist from the Caribbean? “Priceless. Graciously generous comments from a revolutionary writer,” said Lasana M. Sekou, projects director here at HNP, the book’s publisher.

The writers met last weekend at the Anguilla Literary Festival, where the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet, Alice Walker, was the keynote speaker on May 18, at Paradise Cove Resort. N.C. Marks was a guest writer and panelist at the Lit Fest...
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U.S. Government’s OPIC Delegation visit Saint Lucia - May 21, 2019 - 4:00:52 PM

On Wednesday 22nd May 2019, Saint Lucia will welcome a high level delegation from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States (U.S.) Government’s development finance institution.

This visit stems from a meeting Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet attended with U.S. President Donald J. Trump on March 22nd to discuss trade, energy investment, and security...
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OPIC Acting President & CEO Bohigian Leads Delegation to Haiti - May 21, 2019 - 3:00:06 PM

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David Bohigian, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, today visited Haiti, where he met with President Jovenel Moise and other senior government officials including Prime Minister Designate Jean Michel Lapin, Foreign Minister Bocchit Edmond, and Minister of Finance Ronald Decembre to promote U.S. investment and discuss enhanced security cooperation...
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OPIC Acting President & CEO Bohigian Leads Delegation to Jamaica - May 21, 2019 - 8:50:07 AM

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David Bohigian, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, yesterday visited Jamaica, where he met with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and other senior government officials to promote U.S. investment and discuss enhanced security cooperation in Jamaica and across the Caribbean.

During his visit, Bohigian met with local business leaders and energy companies to explore opportunities for investment and partnership. He also met representatives of Jamaica Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank to discuss opportunities for collaboration on shared development objectives in Jamaica and the greater Caribbean...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Guatemala rejects threats of electoral boycott and notes lack of certainty in candidacies - May 20, 2019 - 6:15:24 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to the general elections and those to the Central American Parliament in Guatemala categorically reject the threats of former military figures of a possible boycott of the June 16 vote. The elections are part of the democratic life of the country and cannot be used as a negotiating tool...
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Four Countries in the Caribbean undertake National Safe School Policy Consultations - May 20, 2019 - 3:42:01 PM

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Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis have commenced consultations toward the development of a National Safe School Policy. The Consultations are being held over a two week period, from May 13 – 24, 2019. The National Safe School Policy will provide the context for the amendment of existing legislation to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction and environmental protection measures for schools in the implementing countries.

Technical support for the Consultations is being provided by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) through Environmental Solutions Limited (Jamaica) under the project titled...
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Secretary-General reiterates support to the LGBTI community - May 17, 2019 - 12:30:36 PM

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The Secretary-General says securing equal rights and fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people is essential to achieving the sustainable development goals.

In her message for International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), being observed across the world today, Patricia Scotland said:

“The theme for the 2019 IDAHOTB is justice and protection for all. The theme echoes the call to leave no one behind which is central to the 2030 Agenda...
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Award-Winning Journalist Brenda Blackmon to receive CTO's 'distinguished friend of the Caribbean' Award - May 16, 2019 - 11:15:33 AM

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will present its "Distinguished Friend of the Caribbean" award to Brenda Blackmon, current anchor at WPIX11 in New York, for her passion for the Caribbean as well as her untiring dedication in supporting CTO with numerous key events.

Always ready to assist, Blackmon has played an integral role in the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Barbados, the Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, important keynote speaker at countless functions on the Caribbean and host of the elegant CTO Governments of the Caribbean State Ball on multiple occasions...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
MACCIH/OAS Presented Sixth Report of the Mission to the Permanent Council of the Organization - May 15, 2019 - 7:35:17 PM

The Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today presented to the Permanent Council of the institution the Sixth Quarterly Report on the Mission's management in Honduras, in compliance with the commitments acquired at the signing of the agreement between the OAS and the Government of Honduras...
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OAS Mission in Colombia highlights progress and challenges to the Peace Agenda - May 15, 2019 - 1:15:14 PM

The Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia of the Organization of American States (MAPP/OAS) today presented its XXVI Report to the Permanent Council of the hemispheric body, coinciding with the commemoration of its 15 years of work in the territories most affected by the armed conflict in Colombia. The document is the result of 1,358 missions in 720 rural villages, carried out between August 7 and December 31, 2018...
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The time to invest in BPO in the Caribbean is now! - May 15, 2019 - 12:41:00 PM

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), has the potential to be transformative for countries in the Caribbean and should be further explored and exploited.  This is the charge from the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) organisers of the 2nd Outsource to the Caribbean Conference (OCC) 2019.

Hosting the event in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) and with the Curaçao Investment and Export Promotion Agency (CINEX) some 23 countries...
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Accelerating Caribbean Fashion - May 15, 2019 - 11:20:06 AM

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Caribbean fashion and contemporary designers are getting a boost to help them penetrate the international market, through an accelerator programme jointly funded by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in cooperation with the European Union and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The Bank’s funding is through its Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF).

Starting on May 6th, twenty (20) designers from across the region have been participating in an intensive boot camp-style workshop led by Sandra Carr, one of the pioneers of the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design at the University of Trinidad and Tobago...

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