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Successful staging of regional inter-agency emergency response exercise - Jan 13, 2017 - 7:28:50 AM

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Representatives of four key Caribbean regional agencies successfully completed an intensive two-day simulation exercise dubbed ‘Synergy 2017’. The exercise was held on January 11th and 12th 2017 and hosted at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) based in Barbados.

The scenario involved the outbreak of a mysterious virus onboard a cruise ship as it approaches a Caribbean port. This is followed by an explosion, which contaminates water supplies and causes power loss. Rapid response teams were deployed to assess the damage. Shortly after arrival, an earthquake hits the island...
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Caribbean prepares to pilot COAST insurance to protect fisheries sector - Jan 11, 2017 - 11:48:50 AM

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Belize City, Belize, (CRFM)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is hosting a working group meeting at the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel from 9 – 10 January 2017, to advance the implementation of a risk insurance facility for fishers in the region.

When Fisheries ministers from CRFM Member States met in Cayman in October 2016, they reviewed the progress made towards the activation of the Caribbean Ocean Assets Sustainability FaciliTy (COAST). This week’s working group meeting..
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Caribbean regional security, health and disaster agencies face comprehensive readiness test - Jan 11, 2017 - 11:20:17 AM

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BRIDGETOWN - Security, public health and disaster management personnel from across the Caribbean will be put to the test as they participate in a training exercise aimed at improving regional responses during an emergency situation.

The exercise, Synergy 2017, will present emergency scenarios that could occur in the Caribbean region. The exercise will take place from January 11 to 12 at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) based in Barbados...
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St. Lucia PM addresses nation at New Year press conference on Crime, Road Works and Upcoming Projects - Jan 9, 2017 - 5:39:19 AM

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In the opening statement at his first press conference for the year 2017 Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet sent out New Year greetings to all Saint Lucians and in particular to his Constituents of Micoud South.

The Prime Minister, also the Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, met with the local media at the studios of the Government Information Service on Thursday January 5th 2016 and took questions on a variety of issues affecting Saint Lucia...
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Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism helps strengthen sanitary controls in the CARIFORUM fishery sector - Jan 5, 2017 - 2:26:22 PM

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The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), in partnership with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture has successfully completed the project “Capacity Building of regulatory and industry stakeholders in Aquaculture and Fisheries Health and Food Safety to meet the SPS requirements of international trade”.  The project which started in September 2016, was funded under the EU’s 10th EDF Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Project and delivered with the help of a team of consultants from Megapesca in Portugal. The aim was to continue to help CARIFORUM countries to improve the safety of fish and fishery products for consumers in national and export markets, and several activities...
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Dominica Government moves swiftly to resettle Silver Lake victims after fire - Dec 27, 2016 - 1:42:51 PM

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DOMINICA -- Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit visited Silver Lake earlier today and told the media that Government will move swiftly, ensuring that there is work day and night to resettle those displaced by the fire in Silver Lake which occurred Monday night.

"It was an unfortunate occurrence but you know, thank God no one was injured and no one died from this incident," said Prime Minister Skerritt. 

"Everybody has life today and therefore we have to thank God for that..."
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Bahamas and Belize Share Caribbean Mediathon Win - Dec 21, 2016 - 8:06:09 PM


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The Bahamas and Belize have collaboratively made history by winning the Compete Caribbean Mediathon held recently in Barbados, November 22nd-23rd, 2016. It was the Caribbean’s first mediathon.

The winning proposal came from a team comprising University of The Bahamas Director of Communication Mrs. Tameka Lundy and UB Media Journalism student Deanya Knowles and Belize television personalities Courtney Weatherburne and Marleni Cuellar...

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Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism hosts training in fishery sector sanitary controls in St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Dec 19, 2016 - 4:08:21 PM

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A two-week training covering “Food safety in the fishery sector” and “Fishery products laboratory testing” was delivered to 30 inspector and laboratory analysts from 15 CARIFORUM countries during the period 28 November to 9 December 2016, by four international experts.

The training, which covered inspection, control and testing in the fishery sector, was based on eight operational manuals developed under a project funded by the European Union (EU). The training was organized by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)...
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Experts make ‘slow, steady progress’ on safe seafood policies - Dec 17, 2016 - 4:58:35 PM

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - There is still a long way to go but experts meeting here Thursday expressed optimism that slow but steady progress was being made toward introducing region-wide laws, rules and regulations intended to make Caribbean fish and seafood not only ready for world trade but safe for Caribbean tables.

The experts, drawn from fisheries, legal affairs, food health and safety and standards agencies across ten countries in the Caribbean Forum of ACP States (CARIFORUM), ended two days of deliberations on model legislation, protocols and guidelines for health and food safety related to fisheries and aquaculture.
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Caribbean Customs Officers Receive Joint Training on Transnational Crime and Corruption - Dec 16, 2016 - 1:07:26 PM

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Twenty customs officers from Haiti and the Dominican Republic have strengthened their trade facilitation capacity following a 2-week training programme on “Techniques to fight against transnational fiscal crimes and corruption” imparted by the Scuola di Polizia Tributaria (Tax Police School) of the Guardia di Finanza in Rome, Italy, on 21 November – 2 December, 2016.

The activity was undertaken within the framework of the Haiti-Dominican Republic Bi-National Programme, Trade Component, implemented by Caribbean Export and funded by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). Additionally, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) joined efforts in the coordination of the training programme...

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ILO: Unemployment increased sharply in the Caribbean and Latin America - Dec 15, 2016 - 5:20:37 PM

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The unemployment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean reached 8.1 per cent in 2016, the highest level in a decade, amid an economic contraction that has also affected the quality of employment, the ILO said today in its annual report on the region's labour market.

That rate is 1.5 percentage points higher than in 2015, when it stood at 6.6 per cent, and it means that some 5 million people joined the ranks of the unemployed, a figure that now stands at about 25 million workers, according to the "2016 Labour Overview of Latin America and the Caribbean", which the ILO Regional Office has published at the end of every year for more than 20 years...
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CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Bay Street branch named Branch of the Year - Dec 15, 2016 - 2:02:03 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank’s Bay Street branch in The Bahamas was named branch of the year for the 2015/2016 fiscal year in the bank’s third annual competition. This is the first time that a Bahamian branch was recognized as the top sales performance branch in the region.

“We’re closing the curtain on a phenomenal year where credit growth was and continues to be the main focus,” said Mark St. Hill, Managing Director, Retail and Business Banking...
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New ‘safe seafood’ laws, export rules being readied - Dec 14, 2016 - 10:09:43 AM

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The fisheries industry on Wednesday moves one step closer to making the Caribbean fish and seafood trade safer and more profitable when experts meet in Barbados to finalise a raft of model regional laws, policies and procedures.

The Caribbean region’s ability to cash in on a potentially lucrative, international export trade in fish and seafood – already worth 315 million US dollars a year – is being held back by gaps in sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) said...
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Tourism key to U.S.-Caribbean Interests - Dec 9, 2016 - 11:18:55 AM

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The Caribbean must ensure issues of critical socioeconomic importance are firmly addressed with the U.S. Congress and the incoming administration, according to Karolin Troubetzkoy, President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.
 
Troubetzkoy commented on this during her presentation on the impact on the tourism industry of de-risking and correspondent banking relationships at the 40th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America in Miami, produced by the Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) organization...
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New Television Show Guides Viewers Through the Unseen Parts of the Caribbean - Dec 8, 2016 - 11:59:47 AM

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“Secrets of the Caribbean” takes a Deeper Dive into the Culture, History and People of the Caribbean


Washington, DC – Caribbean 2020 Productions in partnership with Mississippi Public Television will debut a unique travel show called “Secrets of the Caribbean” in April 2017. The 13- episode first season will launch an in-depth exploration into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Co-hosted and guided by veteran journalist and talk show host, Angela Rae and award winning, nationally known journalist and news anchor...
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Caribbean Export celebrates regional exporting excellence - Dec 6, 2016 - 5:05:23 PM


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The West India Biscuit Company Limited (WIBISCO), widely known for their baked goods such as biscuits and cookies, copped the Caribbean Exporter of the Year Award last night at the 2nd Caribbean Exporter of the Year Awards.

The Awards event held this year at the Hilton, Barbados Resort on the evening of December 5, 2016 hosted by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and funded by the European Union (EU) via the 10th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme, aims to recognise and promote the contributions of outstanding exporters to the region’s economy...
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Interest Building for 2017 Caribbean Travel Marketplace - Dec 2, 2016 - 9:07:31 AM

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Miami - Interest is building for next year's Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the Caribbean's largest marketing event which will take place at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas from January 31 to February 2, 2017.

Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), in collaboration with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association, the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board and the Paradise Island Tourism Development Association, the event features two days of business meetings that match buyers and suppliers through a busy program of thousands of pre-scheduled appointments...
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St. Lucia PM Welcomes Prince Harry and Sends Climate Change Message - Nov 25, 2016 - 11:39:13 PM

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Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet officially welcomed His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales to Saint Lucia on Thursday evening and also thanked Britain for its continued support to the island.

Following the Prince’s arrival in Saint Lucia on 24th November 2016 and the inspection of the Guard, a very brief ceremony was held at Pointe Seraphine where the Prince was presented with a plaque from the Government and People of Saint Lucia...
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CRFM and FAO plan fisheries data reform for the Caribbean - Nov 25, 2016 - 3:26:13 AM

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Belize City, Belize (CRFM)—The coming of the digital age presents novel opportunities for the fisheries and aquaculture sector of the wider Caribbean to build a more robust data and information system that would augment the monitoring of production trends and traceability of catches, support more sustainable management regimes through increased people engagement, and facilitate stronger international and regional trade.
 
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are teaming up to capitalize on opportunities for Member States to strengthen data collection and management systems through the use of modern technology, such as smartphones and wireless communications to bridge gaps in the system...
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Prince Harry launches dedications to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy during official visit to the Caribbean - Nov 23, 2016 - 4:32:11 PM

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His Royal Highness Prince Harry today unveiled St Kitts and Nevis’ dedication to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), the Central Forest Reserve National Park (CFRNP).

Accompanied by the Governor Genera,His Excellency Sir Tapley Seaton, Prince Harry visited the Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the shadow of Mount Liamugia.

After watching a performance of traditional dances, Caribbean songs and local...
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