Jamaica’s agro-processing sector being enhanced by joint CDB, EU, JBDC project
- Jul 23, 2021 - 1:38:33 PM
Jamaica’s agri-entrepreneurs will get access to a range of
manufacturing, training and marketing support under a new two-year
project launched today which is being implemented by the Jamaica
Business Development Corporation (JBDC).
The initiative, the
Increasing the Export Capacity of Micro and Small Agro-Processors Using
the Cluster Approach Project includes access to an upgraded food
incubator, training in world class agriculture and manufacturing
practices and branding and marketing support for the Jamaica Harvest
Africa in My Skin by Dominican Republic poet Rafael Nino Féliz, published as trilingual edition
- Jun 14, 2021 - 8:05:45 AM
África en mi piel / Africa in My Skin / L’Afrique dans la peau by
Rafael Nino Féliz has just been published here by House of Nehesi
The title of the book, its
cover design images, coupled with the nature of the poems as a
travelogue, may border on the provocative in the poet’s homeland, said
Lasana M. Sekou, HNP’s projects director. Féliz is a Dominican Republic
poet who has served as Vice-Chancellor of the Autonomous University of
Santo Domingo (UASD)...
CDEMA and CDB partner to enhance Emergency Data Collection Capacity in the Caribbean
- Jun 10, 2021 - 9:43:23 PM
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Regional
Training Centre and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) collaborated to
host a webinar on the application of KoBoToolbox, a data collection and
management tool widely used in humanitarian emergencies. The virtual
event was held on June 9th, 2021 and chaired by Richardo Aiken, CDB
Community Development Specialist, with a total of 220 persons from CDEMA
Participating States, CDB Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs), and Canada
CROSQ Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals through Accreditation
- Jun 9, 2021 - 9:45:44 AM
frameworks, like the Caribbean Cooperation for Accreditation that links
the services of quality professionals with the businesses that really
need their assistance to become accredited or certified, can go a long
way toward achieving aspects of sustainability in CARICOM
is the view of Technical Officer, Accreditation and Conformity
Assessment with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards &
Quality (CROSQ), Mr. Stephen Farquharson...
Ti Koko and Kush Kush go to school with children of the Virgin Islands
- May 17, 2021 - 8:45:18 AM
Ti Koko and Kush Kush by Patricia G. Turnbull is now on the School
Reading List for Grade 4 students, said Janice George Harris, Education
Officer for Language Arts and Theatre in the Ministry of Education,
Tortola, Virgin Islands.
“The progress of this
excellent storybook published in the Caribbean has landed it in the
curriculum of the Virgin Islands,” said Jacqueline Sample of House of
Nehesi (HNP), the book’s publisher in St. Martin...
Republic Bank brings relief to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
- May 12, 2021 - 8:34:20 PM
On Friday April 9th, 2021, the government of St. Vincent and the
Grenadines declared a state of emergency and an order for evacuation of
residents in the high-risk areas, described as the red and orange zones,
as the island was threatened by intensified volcanic activity at La
Soufriere. Republic Bank immediately activated a local crisis
management team to strategize and mitigate the likely impact of
situation. No doubt, having to deal with a natural disaster during a
pandemic is no easy task...
As an indigenous Caribbean financial
institution who cares about our people, the bank took a collective
approach from the get-go to respond and within a matter of days...
CRFM announces release of second edition Eastern Caribbean Flyingfish Management Plan
- Apr 16, 2021 - 3:27:29 PM
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) today announced
immediate availability of The Eastern Caribbean Flyingfish Management
Plan 2020-2025 (ECFFMP 2020-2025).
“We see the ECFFMP 2020-2025
as contributing to efficient fishing activities within an economically
viable and competitive small-scale fisheries sector. This should
engender a comfortable standard of living for those who depend on
CDEMA deploys DDSA team to assist in the La Soufriere Volcano Emergency Relief Efforts
- Apr 15, 2021 - 1:50:43 PM
CDEMA deployed a Detailed Damage Sectoral Analysis (DDSA) team on April
14, 2021 in support of the humanitarian efforts in St. Vincent and the
Grenadines following the explosive eruptions of La Soufriere volcano
that commenced on April 9, 2021. The DDSA team will support the
government by providing an assessment of key sectors and guidance
towards estimating needs and associated costs, which will inform the
relief and recovery efforts...
Saint Lucia extends deepest condolences on passing of HRH Prince Philip
- Apr 9, 2021 - 10:58:08 AM
Saint Lucia Extends Deepest Condolences on passing of HRH Prince Philip
Government of Saint Lucia extends condolences to Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The
Duke of Edinburgh.
On behalf of the Government
and People of Saint Lucia, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet
extended condolences to the entire Royal Family and the people of the
CDEMA concludes Regional Logistics and Relief Workshop with plans for National Policy
- Mar 25, 2021 - 2:10:17 PM
The CDEMA Coordinating Unit is moving forward with plans for a National
Relief and Logistics Management Plan and Policy following a two-week
workshop facilitating the planning process. Workshop discussions formed a
critical part of drafting the policy to enhance logistics and
humanitarian response across the region.
Programme Manager for
Preparedness and Response at CDEMA, Joanne Persad, shared that the
workshop was a significant milestone in pushing...
Sargassum Products for Climate Resilience to mitigate harsh impacts on Caribbean States
- Mar 2, 2021 - 12:05:07 PM
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and Plant & Food
Research, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, will host a virtual
training workshop on Wednesday, 3 March 2021. The session—which will be
conducted with the assistance of Prof Mona Webber of the Marine Science
Centre, UWI, Mona Campus, Jamaica—will focus on techniques for
harvesting, handling, species identification and processing of Sargassum
seaweed for initial evaluation.
It will be attended by the four
target countries for field work, The Bahamas...
Update on Liquor Licence Suspension: No consumption on licensed premises
- Feb 23, 2021 - 12:56:48 PM
As per Statutory Instrument No. 43 of 2021, the public is hereby
informed that from Thursday 25th February 2021 the suspension on alcohol
sales is lifted, however persons are not permitted to consume liquor on
the licensed premises. This means that bars and restaurants will only
provide takeaway (grab and go) services.
purpose of the protocol is to continue restrictions on social gatherings
and assist the Ministry of Health in contact tracing efforts as Saint
Lucia continues to manage the COVID-19 pandemic...
Prime Minister's Independence Address to the Nation: “We Can. We Will.”
- Feb 22, 2021 - 5:46:29 PM
What a difference a year makes! A year ago, when I addressed you on
the occasion of our 41st Independence anniversary, there was little
mention in our island of the word ‘Coronavirus’ or ‘COVID’.
were together for an amazing celebration of everything Saint Lucian. In
fact, for the past few years our Independence celebrations have truly
been “all in” and outstanding...
UWP congratulates PM Chastanet on first vaccines
- Feb 18, 2021 - 11:00:03 AM
The United Workers Party would like to congratulate Prime Minister Allen
Chastanet for being a true leader when he took the COVID-19 vaccine
yesterday. In demonstrating his willingness to receive one of the first
doses along with his wife Raquel DuBoulay-Chastanet, he demonstrated
his dedication to the people of Saint Lucia by leading from the front...
PM Allen Chastanet supports Saint Lucia’s Vaccine Roll Out
- Feb 18, 2021 - 10:04:29 AM
Saint Lucia began the first phase of the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out
today with several frontliners and key Government officials receiving
the first vaccines in a live broadcast, including Prime Minister
Honourable Allen Chastanet. The Prime Minister led by example and along
with his wife Mrs. Raquel Du Boulay-Chastanet showed support for the
team from the Ministry of Health by receiving the vaccines following
several nurses, local physicians, fire and police personnel...
Charles Matz, author, renaissance scholar, dies at 96 – by Lasana M. Sekou
- Feb 15, 2021 - 12:22:39 PM
Poet, renaissance scholar, dramaturge, novelist Charles Matz died
at his home in Southampton, New York on February 12, 2021. He was 96.
leaves his children, Margaret Matz (architect, New York), Charles
“Carlino” Matz III (professor, NYIT; architect, New Jersey), and Clare
Ann Matz (multimedia artist, film director, Italy). He leaves Antonio
Lai da Teulada among family members; and a number of friends and
Saint Lucia Announces Cushion in Quarantine Fees for Returning Nationals
- Feb 12, 2021 - 9:00:30 AM
In keeping with the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ updated national
COVID-19 response policy, effective February 11, 2021, the Government of
Saint Lucia is absorbing a greater part of the cost of State Quarantine
for returning nationals.
Subsequent to routine reviews of the
Quarantine policy, noting infringements in the process, Home Quarantine
has been reduced to special circumstances only and will now transition
to state-based quarantine facilities...