Alice Walker “reading” Plastered in Pretty by N.C. Marks
- May 22, 2019 - 6:45:42 AM
“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...
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.
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...
OPIC Acting President & CEO Bohigian Leads Delegation to Haiti
- May 21, 2019 - 3:00:06 PM
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...
Four Countries in the Caribbean undertake National Safe School Policy Consultations
- May 20, 2019 - 3:42:01 PM
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
Technical support for the Consultations
is being provided by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency
(CDEMA) through Environmental Solutions Limited (Jamaica) under the
Award-Winning Journalist Brenda Blackmon to receive CTO's 'distinguished friend of the Caribbean' Award
- May 16, 2019 - 11:15:33 AM
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
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
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...
Accelerating Caribbean Fashion
- May 15, 2019 - 11:20:06 AM
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).
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...
St. Lucia Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister in London for Meetings on New Markets
- May 14, 2019 - 1:30:18 PM
The Government of Saint Lucia recognizes that a successful agriculture
industry is critical to the sustainable development of Saint Lucia.
Hence, the Government continues to enhance and source markets for the
island’s new and emerging crops as well as current crops such as
In that regard, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael
Chastanet and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning,
Natural Resources and Co-operatives Honourable Ezechiel Joseph, are
currently in London for meetings with Winfresh at Stansted and various
suppliers including Sainsbury...
Bahamian named regional winner of 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
- May 9, 2019 - 9:30:32 AM
Writer Alexia Tolas, born and raised in The Bahamas, was today
announced the regional winner for the Caribbean in the world’s most
global literary prize. In her story ‘Granma’s Porch’, the protagonist
navigates the delicate border between adolescence and adulthood, guided
by the past traumas of her friends and family and her troubled first
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short fiction from the Commonwealth.
It is the only prize in the world where entries can be submitted in
Bengali, Chinese, English, Greek, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Swahili,
Tamil, and Turkish...
5 countries in the Caribbean region adopt the Antigua and Barbuda Declaration on School Safety
- May 1, 2019 - 8:35:09 AM
Five (5) countries: Curacao, Grenada, Jamaica, Sint Marteen and Suriname
adhered to the Caribbean Safe School Initiative and adopt the Antigua
and Barbuda Declaration on School Safety during the 2nd Caribbean Safe
School Ministerial Forum. The forum was held from April 29 to 30, 2019
in Kingstown and hosted by the Ministry of Education, National
Reconciliation, Ecclesiastical Affairs and Information...
Office of the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia: New Senator sworn in
- Apr 30, 2019 - 3:00:44 PM
As the Senate met on Tuesday, April 30th 2019, to consider a Motion for
the financing of the 2019/2020 Budget, a new Senator was sworn in. Mr.
Francisco Jn Pierre, from the community of Laborie, took the Oath to
become a Senator within the Parliament of Saint Lucia.
Senator Jn Pierre, currently a taxi operator, most recently was the
Assistant Manager (Loans) at the Laborie Co-operative Credit Union. He
serves on the Board of the Southern Taxi Company and has for years been
an advocate for taxi drivers in the south...
St. Vincent and the Grenadines to host 2nd Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum focused on education sector resilience
- Apr 24, 2019 - 3:05:16 PM
Ministers of Education, officials in the education sector as well as
regional and international partners will convene in St. Vincent and the
Grenadines for the second Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum. The
forum will be held from April 29 to 30, 2019 in Kingstown and hosted by
the Ministry of Education, National Reconciliation, Ecclesiastical
Affairs and Information.
In April 2017, the first Caribbean Safe
School Ministerial Forum was held in Antigua and Barbuda...
Social Enterprise Award added to The CTOo’s Sustainable Tourism Awards Programme
- Apr 23, 2019 - 11:05:46 AM
Caribbean enterprises that act as social change agents through tourism
innovation will be recognised by the region’s tourism development
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is this year
introducing the Tourism Social Enterprise award to its sustainable
tourism awards programme...
CCJ Celebrates 14 Years
- Apr 16, 2019 - 2:10:48 PM
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is celebrating 14 years of its
operations on Tuesday, 16th April 2019. The Court is marking this
occasion with activities throughout the week. Today, to commemorate the
actual day of the anniversary, the CCJ launched its 2019 Rules of Court
for the Original and Appellate Jurisdictions. The Rules of the Court are
reviewed every two years and the revisions help to further reduce
delay, ensure greater clarity and support advances in court
administration. The judges and the staff of the CCJ held a small
ceremony to celebrate the anniversary and to witness the signing of the
Thousands of Saint Lucians to benefit from Tax Savings under Personal Income Tax Reform
- Apr 16, 2019 - 11:00:32 AM
In a Budget Address that centred on people-centric growth and bringing
relief to Saint Lucians, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael
Chastanet announced Personal Income Tax Reform that would see thousands
of low income earners pay less and in some cases no personal income
This is a bold initiative and in keeping with the Government’s promise of less onerous taxes on the people of Saint Lucia...
Workshop on Improving the Business Climate by Strengthening Procedures to Start a Business in the Caribbean
- Apr 12, 2019 - 11:50:32 AM
Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in partnership
with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Caribbean Association of
Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), has set its sight on improving
the business climate in the Caribbean with a focus on strengthening the
procedures to start a business in the Region.
convened a two-day workshop at the Radisson Aquatica Hotel in Barbados
from 9-10th April 2019) to discuss the region’s business climate...
Caribbean Animators Learn, Earn and Display at KingstOOn 3
- Apr 12, 2019 - 9:29:07 AM
Caribbean animators had the opportunity to showcase their skills to an
audience of local, regional and international players in the content and
technology industry and access seed funding for their animated concepts
thanks to the KingstOOn 3 Animation Festival which was held in Jamaica
April 5 -7, 2019.
Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean
Export) supported the participation of three animators: Barbadian
Joshua Clarke, Alain Bidard from Martinique and St. Lucian Tevin Loctar...
St. Lucia's Prime Minister to present Estimates of Expenditure 2019/2020
- Apr 10, 2019 - 12:00:52 PM
A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for today, Wednesday,
April 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. where Prime Minister and Minister for
Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation and External Affairs, Honourable
Allen Michael Chastanet will present the Estimates of Expenditure
The Prime Minister is expected to review Saint Lucia’s revenue and expenditure performance for the previous year...
Cayman Airways named Best Airline in the Caribbean by Trip Advisor
- Apr 6, 2019 - 6:30:07 AM
The world's largest travel site, TripAdvisor, has named Cayman Airways
Limited (CAL) the "Best Airline in the Caribbean" and a top "Specialty
and Leisure Airline" within the entire North America region.
announcement comes as part of TripAdvisor's 2019 Travelers' Choice
Awards results for airline categories, issued April 2, 2019. The results
identified travelers' favorite airlines around the globe, with the
hallmark of Travelers' Choice award winners being outstanding service,
quality and value...