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German Judicial Scan Commends Caribbean Court of Justice - Jan 15, 2020 - 2:37:26 PM

A recent study conducted by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German corporation for international co-operation, found a high level of confidence in the integrity and independence of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The Judicial Integrity Scan also commended the Court for its institutional design, organisational capacities and the competencies of the staff. The study was based on the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct which aim to establish standards of judicial integrity internationally...
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The 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Marigot - Jan 15, 2020 - 10:31:14 AM

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Dr. Stephanie Melyon-Reinette is in St. Martin to deliver the 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. “Valuing Excellence in Caribbean Arts” is the theme of the lecture at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Spring Concordia, Marigot, at 7:30 PM, said Shujah Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics Foundation (CLF). “I look forward to the lecture and the positive discussion,” said Dr. Melyon, a psychologist and performance artist who arrived from Guadeloupe on Tuesday. For 33 years CLF has opened its island-wide cultural calendar on January 15 with the MLK, Jr. lecture...
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2020 New Year’s address by PM Allen M. Chastanet - Jan 12, 2020 - 8:15:45 AM

Good evening, fellow Saint Lucians, at home and abroad. A Happy New Year to you all. I pray that 2020 will bring you good health, peace, happiness and prosperity. 

I thank you all for the spirit of giving and love which flowed throughout our island in December. It was a joy for my family and I to share in the festivities, especially in my constituency of Micoud South...
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Haiti earthquake, a decade Later: Food For the poor donors devoted to rebuilding - Jan 10, 2020 - 1:08:40 PM

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“I lost my father and three sisters, I loved them… I don’t know what I am going to do now, I just don’t know,” were the pain-filled words of an injured young man recorded by a Food For The Poor staff member in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after a devastating earthquake rocked the Caribbean nation a decade ago.

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at 4:53 p.m., a sudden shift in a fault line triggered a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake near Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. More than 250,000 people were killed that day and an estimated 1.3 million were left homeless...
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Digital Government Platform proposed for region - Jan 8, 2020 - 4:01:14 PM

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As technology becomes a more intertwined part of day-to-day activities within society, leaders are required to streamline interactions within government agencies and between government agencies, citizens and commercial operators in more innovative ways. Imagine being able to easily renew your driver’s licence or register a business and other public e-services electronically. Improving cross-agency interoperability and only requiring citizens to only submit data once. These are the possibilities ahead now that Cybernetica and Cloud Carib have signed an agreement recently in Estonia to implement a secure data exchange based on the Unified eXchange Platform (UXP) for pilot projects in the Caribbean region...
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New Year's Message from Acting Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization - Dec 31, 2019 - 1:05:27 PM

If we were to stop and reflect on this year as it comes to a close, we would most likely describe 2019 as a varied year, which both highlighted the strengths in Caribbean tourism and its inherent weaknesses.

The sector's strengths were evident in the significant growth rates experienced by most Caribbean countries. Despite contraction in some larger destinations, such as Cuba and the Dominican Republic...
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Republic Bank continues to invest in Caribbean Communities - Dec 27, 2019 - 1:20:44 PM

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Republic Bank has provided a US$34 million senior term loan as part of a US$80 million investment in the Royalton Grenada Resort and Spa located on two white-sand beaches in Tamarind Bay, Grenada. The loan was arranged by the Investment Banking Division of the Republic Bank Group.

The Royalton Grenada is scheduled to commence operations in March 2020 offering guests the option to stay at any of its 212 luxury rooms or 49 Diamond Club luxury suites...
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Achievement does not signal successful leadership,says Ex-Finance Minister - Dec 27, 2019 - 10:40:16 AM

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Former Bahamian Finance Minister Zhivargo Laing, addressing Caribbean movers and shakers assembled in Miami this month for the 2019 Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) Leadership Awards, asserted leadership counts most when it brings people together to achieve noble ends.

Laing, a Caribbean author, economist and motivational speaker who is also a trade negotiator for The Bahamas, told a packed banquet hall at the JW Marriott Marquis hotel: "If you are not bringing people together to work together to achieve noble ends, you are merely occupying a position...
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St. Martin’s Lasana Sekou, guest judge at Barbados independence arts festival - Dec 21, 2019 - 3:38:05 PM

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St. Martin publisher Lasana Sekou returned here last week from Barbados, where he was the Literary Arts guest judge of the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA), according to Cultural Officer Ayesha Gibson.

While in Barbados for the “NIFCA season 2019,” Sekou conducted the Poetry Master Class, and the Seminar, “‘Publish and Be Blessed’: The challenge to locate the center of Caribbean Literature in the Caribbean region.” facebook.com/BarbadosNCF...
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PM Chastanet and PM Trudeau discuss Climate Change, Financial Services and Investment - Dec 19, 2019 - 10:15:50 PM

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Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet held a very productive meeting yesterday with Prime Minister of Canada the Honourable Justin Trudeau.
The two leaders discussed several issues including climate change and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and notably Canada’s leadership on that issue. Prime Minister Chastanet also raised the issue of financial services and opportunities for the strengthening of the Canada - Saint Lucia, and wider CARICOM relationship.
While in Ottawa, Prime Minister Chastanet also met with Mr. Carl Marcotte and Mr. Ian McLeod, President and CEO and Vice President of Business Development, respectively, of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)...
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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - Dec 18, 2019 - 11:10:05 AM

Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet is currently in Canada for several critical meetings including a scheduled meeting with Canadian Prime Minister the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau.

Issues for discussion at the meeting include Climate Change, investment opportunities and improving trade. Canada has had a long and close relationship with Saint Lucia and Commonwealth Caribbean countries...
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Health City Surgeon to receive CMEx Award - Dec 13, 2019 - 10:00:50 AM

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Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil, clinical director and chief cardiac surgeon of the highly acclaimed Health City Cayman Islands, will be honored at the 2019 Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) Leadership Awards on December 14 in Miami, Florida.

Since joining Health City at its inception in 2014, Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil, known as "Dr. Binoy", has been instrumental in saving the lives of adult and pediatric patients from the Caribbean and Central American region.

In keeping with Health City's humanitarian mission, Dr. Binoy's surgical team performed cardiac surgery for over 400 children from around the world...
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CCJ’s President on the passing of Lady Beverley Walrond, QC - Dec 12, 2019 - 9:30:35 AM

The Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (RJLSC) and the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) are deeply saddened by the passing of Lady Beverley Walrond, QC. We all fully expected Lady Beverley to join us this week for the Commission’s last meeting for the year on 13 December and so, we were especially shocked and grieved to learn of this horrible tragedy.Lady Beverley was a well-rounded legal professional of unparalleled distinction, well-known for her dedication, legal acumen and sharp mind....
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Award-winning Caribbean Singer/Actor Jonathan Farrington Hits The Hamptons With ‘A Raisin In The Sun’ - Dec 11, 2019 - 1:48:46 PM

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Once known for his chart-topping gospel songs in his native Bahamas and placing second overall on Canada’s hit reality talent show ‘The Shot’, Jonathan Farrington is wowing American audiences with his theatrical performances. Farrington is receiving rave reviews for his for his role as Joseph Asagi, the Nigerian college student and love interest of the Younger daughter in Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play ‘A Raisin In The Sun’.

In spring 2019, Farrington was awarded the prestigious Lawrence Lagner Award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan for acting, and in summer...
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Spatial Innovision donates drone to CDEMA for hurricane response - Dec 11, 2019 - 9:47:54 AM

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Given the region’s high vulnerability to natural and technological hazards, the need for smart tools and technologies to support regional preparedness and response for disasters remains a key priority for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and its partners.

In response to this critical need, Spatial Innovision Limited, the Caribbean’s leading geospatial solutions and mapping company, recently contributed a state-of-the-art Parrot Anafi Work unmanned aerial drone, associated software and technical support, to enhance the work of CDEMA...
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Jade Mountain Food gets top French honors - Dec 9, 2019 - 7:30:40 AM

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St. Lucia's Jade Mountain resort has received many accolades for its visionary approach to hotel design, as well as the unparalleled views of the iconic Piton peaks rising out of the Caribbean Sea, but now, it has attracted even more global attention because of the world-class food it offers.

The culinary team at Jade Mountain, under the leadership of Chef de Cuisine Elijah Jules and guided by consulting chef Allen Susser, has been awarded a coveted Gault Millau rating, making it only one of four restaurants in the Eastern Caribbean to receive a 3-Toque rating.
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CDEMA establish partnership to improve region’s health care preparedness - Dec 6, 2019 - 1:50:24 PM

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With a focus on improving the delivery of health care services in the Caribbean in times of disaster, leaders from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM) signed an agreement today to increase collaboration between the groups. The Honorable Silveria Jacob, Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, addressed attendees at the signing ceremony, speaking on the impact of Hurricane Irma and the importance of building resiliency.

Through the partnership, CDEMA, the regional agency for disaster management, and the CCDM (operated through American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine), which focuses on disaster medicine education and training...
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CDEMA and The European Union launch the 11th EDF Natural Disaster Facility in the CARIFORUM Programme - Dec 4, 2019 - 10:02:29 PM

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The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) along with the European Union launched the 11th EDF Natural Disaster Facility in the CARIFORUM Programme. This initiative aims to contribute to the reduction of the vulnerability to disaster risks, and to promote the sustainable development of the countries of this region.

The launching of this initiative was held on 3rd December 2019, in the framework of the 11th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management...
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Government moves to protect the pensions of millennium heights employees - Dec 4, 2019 - 3:20:24 PM

As the transition from the Victoria Hospital into the Owen King European Union Hospital (OK-EU) enters its final leg, keen focus is being placed on human resource and employment.

On Tuesday 26th November 2019 Parliament passed an amendment to the “Millennium Heights Medical Complex Act” to secure and protect the pensions of public officers who wish to be employed with the new entity...
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Itelbpo makes bold move in diversifying Its labour pool - Dec 3, 2019 - 3:40:24 PM

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itelbpo in partnership with Invest Saint Lucia is developing a 20,000 sq ft factory shell located in the Hewanorra Free Zone in Vieux-Fort, Saint Lucia, which will house more than 300 employees in the global services sector. It is a strategic move aimed at expanding its geographical footprint, ultimately diversifying its workforce and further enriching its global talent pool as the company pushes aggressively towards its 5-year goal of 5,000 new seats in its contact centre operations. itelbpo & Invest Saint Lucia have broken ground and the new site is set to open on April 1, 2020...
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