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Jamaica’s agro-processing sector being enhanced by joint CDB, EU, JBDC project - Jul 23, 2021 - 1:38:33 PM

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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 brand...
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Africa in My Skin by Dominican Republic poet Rafael Nino Féliz, published as trilingual edition - Jun 14, 2021 - 8:05:45 AM

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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 Publishers (HNP). 

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)...
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Pandemic is pushing Latin America and the Caribbean more off track in ending child labour - Jun 11, 2021 - 1:25:42 PM

A new report by ILO and UNICEF highlights the continued progress in the fight against child labour in the region in recent years, but given the current context of the COVID-19 crisis, both organizations call for immediate measures to avoid a greater setback...
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CDEMA and CDB partner to enhance Emergency Data Collection Capacity in the Caribbean - Jun 10, 2021 - 9:43:23 PM

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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 registered...
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CROSQ Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals through Accreditation - Jun 9, 2021 - 9:45:44 AM

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Regional 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

This is the view of Technical Officer, Accreditation and Conformity Assessment with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ), Mr. Stephen Farquharson...
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Slow tourism industry recovery underscores need for key reforms in Caribbean: IDB report - May 17, 2021 - 12:45:31 PM

The extreme uncertainty surrounding the tourism recovery in the Caribbean highlights the importance of boosting innovation and supporting transformations that align tourism destinations and products with post-pandemic global demand trends...
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Ti Koko and Kush Kush go to school with children of the Virgin Islands - May 17, 2021 - 8:45:18 AM

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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...
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Republic Bank brings relief to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. - May 12, 2021 - 8:34:20 PM

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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...
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PwC in the Caribbean and the PwC Charitable Foundation donate $100,000 to St. Vincent volcano relief efforts - May 5, 2021 - 5:04:44 PM

PwC in the Caribbean and the PwC Charitable Foundation have collectively donated $100,000 to disaster relief and recovery efforts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

On 9 April 2021, the La Soufriere volcano erupted, sending ash and gas plumes miles into the sky and affecting neighbouring islands.The disaster has displaced about 20,000 people...
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CRFM announces release of second edition Eastern Caribbean Flyingfish Management Plan - Apr 16, 2021 - 3:27:29 PM

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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 flyingfish...
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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...
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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
The 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 United Kingdom...
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CDEMA concludes Regional Logistics and Relief Workshop with plans for National Policy - Mar 25, 2021 - 2:10:17 PM

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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...
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Sargassum Products for Climate Resilience to mitigate harsh impacts on Caribbean States - Mar 2, 2021 - 12:05:07 PM

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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...
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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.

The 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...


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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’.  

We 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...
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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...
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PM Allen Chastanet supports Saint Lucia’s Vaccine Roll Out - Feb 18, 2021 - 10:04:29 AM

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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...
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Charles Matz, author, renaissance scholar, dies at 96 – by Lasana M. Sekou - Feb 15, 2021 - 12:22:39 PM

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Poet, renaissance scholar, dramaturge, novelist Charles Matz died at his home in Southampton, New York on February 12, 2021. He was 96.

He 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 colleagues...
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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...
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