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Grants and Angel Investments unlock agribusiness potential in the Caribbean - Oct 12, 2017 - 4:36:00 PM

Known for its spices and nutmeg production, Grenada offers great opportunities for agribusiness entrepreneurs willing to take risks and embark on a new business. Stephanie Ryan is one of them. In 2015, she and her partner Jim Jardine launched Summer Ltd, a company that produces healthy beverages from tropical fruits available on the island, such as mango, passion fruit, and coconut.

After a couple of years spent consolidating her business, Ryan is ready to expand across the Caribbean. LINK-Caribbean — a program that facilitates access to finance for promising Caribbean entrepreneurs...
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Dominica PM Skerrit message on International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017 - Oct 12, 2017 - 4:05:51 PM

IDRR 2017 Message by the Right Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit Prime Minister of Dominica:

“Home Safe Home” is the slogan for this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), and it resonates strongly with the Caribbean people who have just experienced hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. 

“Home Safe Home” is also a strong reminder that in 2017 millions of people around the world have been displaced by drought, floods, storms, wildfires and earthquakes. These events often deprive people of the ability to earn a living as well...
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Saint Lucia Government delegation in Dominica - Oct 6, 2017 - 2:21:27 PM

A delegation from the Government of Saint Lucia, led by Honourable Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, is currently in Dominica meeting with Honourable Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to access the situation and discuss further ways Saint Lucia can assist Dominica with relief efforts, in the short and long term.

The island of Dominica, sister isle of Saint Lucia, was devastated following the passage of Hurricane Maria on September 18th 2017. Since the passage of the hurricane, Saint Lucia has been utilized as a base for humanitarian relief to Dominica and assisted with the evacuation of hundreds of students stranded on the island...
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Caribbean day of giving provides multiple charity options for hurricane relief - Oct 6, 2017 - 9:15:07 AM

As the Caribbean Day of Giving moves to attract the widest possible public participation, the organizers have create space that is providing options through which the community can donate to disaster relief efforts.
Among the options through which the public can donate are the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Relief Fund, The American Foundation of the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) and The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ)...
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Remarks by Secretary-General LaRocque, Presentation of Credentials, Republic of Austria to CARICOM - Oct 4, 2017 - 7:45:56 PM

Remarks  By The Secretary-General of The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin Larocque on The Occasion of The Presentation Of Credentials by Her Excellency Ms. Marianne Feldmann Plenipotentiary Representative (Designate) Of The Republic Of Austria to (CARICOM) Georgetown, Guyana 4 October 2017:

Your Excellency, I am honoured to accept your Letters of Credence and to extend congratulations to you on your second tour of duty as the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Austria to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)...
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Germany to get a Taste of Caribbean Diversity - Sep 27, 2017 - 7:44:27 PM

A diverse collection of food and beverage producers from the Caribbean will descend upon the world’s leading food fair ANUGA in Cologne, Germany next month.  The leading food fair which attracts some 7000 exhibitors from over 100 countries and close to 200,000 visitors will be home to eight producers from the Caribbean under the Caribbean Kitchen pavilion facilitated by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export).

“Food and drinks is such an integral part of Caribbean culture which continues to be in high demand from the European markets.  The firms selected to exhibit at this years’ ANUGA exemplify the quality and innovation needed to be successful exporters” highlighted Pamela Coke-Hamilton...
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Statement by the Caribbean Tourism Organization World Tourism Day 2017 - Sep 27, 2017 - 6:40:32 PM

World Tourism Day 2017 is a day of reflection for the Caribbean.

At this very moment, some of our islands have been severely affected by adverse weather conditions that have caused unimaginable devastation to lives, property and the tourism product of parts of our region. Nonetheless, the spirit of our people remains unwavering as we look determinedly towards recovery. Now more than ever, the Caribbean is rallying together as it begins the process of rebuilding hurricane-affected destinations, by leveraging our creativity and tapping into the resiliency of our people.  
Make no mistake, the Caribbean is still open for business. Our tourism industry remains intact in islands that have not been affected. Host communities and businesses are ready to receive visitors and deliver the welcoming smiles...
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A message from Turks & Caicos Minister of Tourism, Ralph L. Higgs - Sep 27, 2017 - 10:14:19 AM

Come back to Turks & Caicos; come enjoy our lifestyle, our people, and our hospitality, which the world has grown to love.  We are open to serve you. The Turks & Caicos Islands that the world has grown to love is still here for you to come and enjoy--our casual luxe lifestyle, our friendly people, and our warm hospitality are all waiting for you!

Hurricanes Irma and Maria did not break us, they did not steal our ability to love and serve. These storms only exposed some of our vulnerabilities which we must strengthen. While the vast majority of our tourism infrastructure sustained minimal damages, several of our communities received direct hits from Irma
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Ministry of Education: Death of Two Students - Sep 26, 2017 - 4:50:21 PM

It is with profound sadness that we write to inform the public that one of our students, Eugene Woodside of Albury Sayle Primary School, was the unfortunate victim of a stray bullet from a shooting that occurred on Monday, September 25th.

We also regret to inform the public of the untimely passing of 16 year old Aaliyah Mackey of Stapledon School, who passed away in hospital earlier this morning...
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CIBC FirstCaribbean cancels Walk for the Cure in five islands hardest hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria - Sep 25, 2017 - 4:51:06 PM

CIBC FirstCaribbean organizers of the region’s largest cancer care and awareness event – Walk for the Cure – has announced the cancelation of this year’s walk in five islands hardest hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The annual cancer fundraiser has been cancelled in Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Maarten and Turks and Caicos Islands, the walk’s Executive Co-Chairs and Managing Directors at CIBC FirstCaribbean Mark St. Hill and Trevor Torzsas announced in a joint statement....
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Dominica Report from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) as on September 20th - Sep 21, 2017 - 12:25:03 PM

Maria, the 13th named hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane near the Leeward Islands on Monday September 18th, 2017. Hurricane Maria impacted Dominica at approximately 9:35pm on September 18th as an extremely strong hurricane with wind speeds of 155 mph. Maria then impacted St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda on September 19th, 2017 and the Virgin Islands September 19 – 20, 2017.

At 800 PM AST (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 18.9 North, longitude 67.5 West. Maria is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through Thursday night...
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Saint Lucia reaches out in Hurricane relief efforts - Sep 21, 2017 - 10:33:41 AM

The Government of Saint Lucia along with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has activated hurricane relief mechanisms to provide aid to the territories affected by Hurricane Irma.

The Office of the Prime Minister wishes to extend assistance to the Saint Lucian Diaspora in these areas, especially at this time in Dominica. In this regard persons concerned about relatives in those areas are being requested to submit information of Saint Lucians residing in affected areas for us to attempt to make contact or facilitate assistance...
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Update by Saint Lucia Acting Prime Minister Honourable Lenard Montoute on Hurricane Maria - Sep 18, 2017 - 11:48:43 PM

Saint Lucia is under a tropical storm warning.  Tropical storm force winds accompanied by heavy to moderate showers are expected to persist during the next 24 hours and therefore all necessary precautions are still required.

Maria is now a Category 5 and moving over the Northern Windward Islands.  Already we are getting reports of very severe weather in Dominica. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our neighbours and family there, as well as those already affected by recent storms, and who may again be in the path of Hurricane Maria...
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Health City Cayman Islands joins Hurricane Irma relief effort - Sep 13, 2017 - 9:28:46 PM

CAYMAN ISLANDS (September 13, 2017) - Health City Cayman Islands is part of a relief effort being coordinated by the Cayman Islands Government to send supplies, medicines and medical staff to Anguilla, a fellow British Overseas Territory.
Dr. Chandy Abraham, CEO and Medical Director of the Caribbean tertiary care hospital, said that Health City and the Cayman Islands community are shocked and saddened at the level of devastation in the northeastern Caribbean...
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All Clear given for the Turks and Caicos Islands - Sep 8, 2017 - 7:24:00 PM

The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has issued an “ALL Clear” for the Turks and Caicos Islands, which was pummeled by the Category 5 Hurricane Irma in a trail of destruction and killing at least 14 people.

Hurricane Irma has pummelled the Turks and Caicos Islands after leaving a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, killing at least 14 people, according to the BBC news on Friday, September 8, 2017...
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Dominica Douglas-Charles Airport to reopen 1:00 pm today - PM Skerrit issues video statement on passage of Hurricane Irma. - Sep 6, 2017 - 9:48:20 AM

Roseau, Dominica (September 6, 2017 - 11:00 a.m.) -- The Ministry of Public Works and Ports is pleased to inform the general public that the Douglas-Charles Airport will be reopened from 1:00 pm today September 6, 2017.

The Ministry of Public Works and Ports wishes to thank you for your patience and understanding.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has issued a statement from Roseau, Dominica following the passage of Hurricane Irma. At the moment, schools in Dominica are closed, the Douglas-Charles Airport is closed, but workers are back to work. Below are links to watch and listen to the Prime Minister's statement.

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Herod Stanislas appointed to Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources & Co-operatives - Aug 28, 2017 - 1:38:16 PM

Member of Parliament for Soufriere/Fond St Jacques, the Honourable Herod Stanislas, has been appointed to serve as Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, with effect from August 21st 2017.

Minister Stanislas had previously served as a Minister in the Ministry of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation.
Following his recent appointment, Minister Stanislas thanked all the staff at his previous Ministry for their support.
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John Robert Lee’s Collected Poems 1975 – 2015: A review by MacDonald Dixon - Aug 28, 2017 - 10:47:47 AM

Collected Poems 1975 – 2015 by John Robert Lee (Peepal Tree Press, 2017) represents one man’s spiritual journey meandering through thorny labyrinths of faith, in the poet’s words, “from inner city provinces to southern islands of Amerika.” (“Challenger”) The journey began long before 1975 when a young Robert witnessed his father Alleyne relishing a dessert of fresh ripe mangoes on a Sunday afternoon and began to contemplate his romance with the written word. Engulfed by greenery in the little arbour at La Carierre on the outskirts of Castries, St. Lucia where he lived, and intoxicated by night sounds from crickets and distant hi-fi sounds, it was easy to observe and dream...

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New OECD Global Forum Report rates the Cayman Islands as “Largely Compliant” on Tax Information Exchange, same rating as Canada, Germany and Australia - Aug 24, 2017 - 3:40:03 PM

Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance, issued the following statement about a new peer review report by the OECD’s Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes which rated the Cayman Islands as “largely compliant” with the international standard.

“By rating the Cayman Islands as ‘largely compliant,’ the new OECD report again confirms that we meet or exceed globally-accepted standards for transparency and cross border cooperation on exchange of tax information. Achieving the same rating as top rated G20 member countries Canada, Germany and Australia further establishes Cayman’s place among the G20 Plus – jurisdictions including G20 countries and top international financial centres that adhere to the highest global transparency standards.”...
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Government of Saint Lucia to welcome President of Chile on official state visit - Aug 23, 2017 - 10:49:00 AM

The President of Chile, Ms. Michelle Bachelet is scheduled to make an Official State Visit to Saint Lucia from Thursday 24th August to Friday 25th August 2017.

The Government of Saint Lucia is in the advanced stages of preparations to welcome Her Excellency Ms. Michelle Bachelet to our island. H.E Ms. Bachelet is the first female to hold the prestigious office of President in the Republic of Chile and is on her second term as President, having served from 2006 to 2010.

Saint Lucia first established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Chile in 1991 and the Government of Saint Lucia ...
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