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Cayman Islands to host inaugural Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference in May - Apr 28, 2017 - 1:09:11 AM

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The Cayman Islands will host the Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference (CTEC) at the Kimpton Seafire Resort on 11-12 May 2017, establishing its position as a leader amongst Caribbean island nations in the transition to renewable energy.

The conference will provide a forum for delegates to hear distinguished experts discuss the latest advancements in renewable energy technology, as well as how islands can look to create models for sustainability that are both replicable and scalable...
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Cuba Solidarity Association Elects New Leadership - Apr 27, 2017 - 11:23:14 AM

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The Humanistic Solidarity Association (Saint Lucia-Cuba) held its Fourth Biennial General Meeting at the Auberge Seraphine Hotel on Sunday 23rd April, where the main order of business was election of a new executive.

The new President is long-time member Marlene Alexander, who replaces former president Rawle Harvey and is assisted by six other fellow members of the new leadership.

During the Open Session, much praise was given to outgoing President Rawle Harvey, a founder member of the 12-year-old organization who served as President from its inception. Other retiring officers included former first Vice President Irvin John and the Public Relations Director Maurice Moffat...
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CTO Seeks to Strengthen Relationship With Emirates Holidays - Apr 25, 2017 - 12:59:11 PM

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region's tourism development agency, is seeking to strengthen its relationship with Emirates Holidays, the largest airline tour operator in the Middle East, as it seeks to broaden the Caribbean's appeal in the Arabian Market.

Meetings with the tour operator have been scheduled this week during Arabian Travel Market (ATM) from April 24-27, to build on the relationship which began last year when the CTO conducted an in-house training programme in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 40 Emirates Holidays reservations, sales and operation staff to familiarize them with the Caribbean product. This after Emirates airlines had announced fights from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with a code share agreement with JetBlue that opened up numerous Caribbean destinations to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)...
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CTO Earth Day Message 2017 - Apr 21, 2017 - 7:16:08 PM

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As the world pauses to celebrate Earth Day, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is pleased to declare its support for actions that make a difference.I

t is no secret that the very foundation of Caribbean tourism is our unparalleled natural environment; one that is rich in biodiversity, is virtually unpolluted, boasts landscapes that draw visitors from across the globe, and sustains life and livelihood. In the Caribbean we have a sacred duty to protect these assets by insisting on the development and adoption of sustainable tourism practices, while responsibly sharing our natural treasures with travellers to our shores.As the Caribbean's tourism development agency whose purpose is: Leading Sustainable Tourism - One Sea...
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Girls ‘Hack’ For Change - Apr 18, 2017 - 5:35:44 PM

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Approximately 90 girls and young women will compete for prizes at the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Students, from high schools, universities and community colleges — including Wolmer’s Girls’, Hillel Academy, St Andrew High School, St Elizabeth Technical High School, American International School Kingston, Excelsior Community College, the University of the West Indies, the University of Technology Jamaica, and Northern Caribbean University — will gather at Spanish Court Hotel, Worthington Conference Centre for a fun-filled day in celebration of International Girls in ICT Day...
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Dominican Republic author wins Caribbean literature prize - Apr 16, 2017 - 7:04:31 PM

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Dominican Republic author Rita Indiana Hernández was awarded the Grand Prix Littéraire Région Guadeloupe on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the fifth Caribbean Writers Congress hosted by the Guadeloupe Regional Authority for her novel “ La Mucama de Omicunlé”, published by Périférica.

Rita Indiana was born in Santo Domingo in 1977. A writer but also singer-songwriter, she started writing when she was quite young before developing a passion for music and reinventing the merengue. Her songs lyrics as well as her novels focus primarily on Caribbean social and ethical issues...

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Completing The Circle: World ARC 2016-17 Ends in Saint Lucia - Apr 16, 2017 - 9:36:05 AM

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15 months ago, the World ARC 2016-17 fleet set out from Saint Lucia to sail around the world. Amongst the crews were many nationalities, backgrounds and reasons for taking part. Since then, they have sailed well over 26,000 nautical miles, crossed 3 oceans and visited more than 17 countries. As they arrived back in Saint Lucia, they have joined the special band of circumnavigators who have sailed the world on their own boats, and, perhaps more importantly, become a family bonded together by hundreds of shared experiences to last a lifetime of reflection.

This edition of the rally, the sixth World ARC organized by World Cruising Club, saw 35 people complete their round the world adventure; 23 have achieved this in one edition of the rally, whilst others have taken time out along the way...
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Government & DSH Committed to Preservation and Conservation of Maria Islands - Apr 15, 2017 - 10:24:33 PM

The “Pearl of the Caribbean” Project is one of the most adventurous and ambitious projects in the Caribbean which is poised to make Saint Lucia an even more unique destination and create economic activity as never before seen in the south of the island.

In pursuance of this project the Government of Saint Lucia and the Master Developer, Desert Star Holdings Caribbean Limited (DSH), are committed to operating within the the laws of Saint Lucia and the project will be subject, as in all cases, to the requisite Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and the approval of the Development Control Authority (DCA)....
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CANTO Chair and Secretary General Pay Courtesy Visit to New CEO of Belize Telemedia Ltd. - Apr 15, 2017 - 7:10:22 AM

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CANTO Chairman, Julian Wilkins and Secretary General, Teresa Wankin paid a courtesy visit to Rochus Schreiber the new CEO at Belize Telemedia Ltd. (BTL) headquarters in Belize City, Belize.

Mr. Rochus Schreiber was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BTL with effect Wednesday, April 5th, 2017. Mr. Schreiber boasts over 20 years of professional experience, and has worked in diverse global settings throughout the Americas and Europe. Within the Caribbean region, he has served as CEO of Digicel's local operations in Anguilla, Nevis and Montserrat...
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Caribbean Week New York Sets Schedule of Events - Apr 14, 2017 - 4:43:48 AM

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NEW YORK, NY  - The Caribbean Tourism Organization ' s (CTO) Caribbean Week  New York (#CWNY17) will come alive in the Big Apple when tourism officials, industry executives, media, Caribbean Diaspora, travel agents, consumers and students come together to participate in a calendar of activities that showcase the best of Caribbean tourism. Taking place June 3 - 10, 2017 as a celebration of the sights, sounds, color and culture of the Caribbean, the week combines business sessions and consumer-oriented events with Caribbean-inspired food, lively entertainment and networking opportunities.

Caribbean Week New York is the largest regional tourism activity in the New York area. Artists, performers, celebrity chefs, investors and other strategic partners join government officials and the media as all converge on New York for a week that showcases the diversity and vibrancy of the region...
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Pet Food Institute expands reach with back-to-back Grand Bahama, Trinidad shows - Apr 12, 2017 - 2:26:40 PM

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A dog may be man’s best friend, but in the Caribbean and Bahamas, a campaign is turning out to be dog’s best friend.

The campaign is an education outreach by the Washington-based Pet Food Institute (PFI). The message it is spreading is making its way through the Caribbean. In the past two weeks, a Bahamian representative for PFI has trekked from Nassau to Grand Bahama, back to The Bahamas and on to Trinidad and Tobago, with a message about how proper nutrition creates healthy dogs with bounce in their paws, strength in their bodies and energy in their lives...
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CDEMA approves funds to support advancement of Disaster Legislation in Dominica - Apr 10, 2017 - 4:33:27 PM

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Barbados (CDEMA) – The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) - Commonwealth of Dominica has been awarded Euro 9,640.00 to facilitate a review, consultation and update of their draft Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Legislation. The grant funds were awarded by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in March 2017 under the Country Directed Fund (CDF), which is financed by the European Union through the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Management in the CARIFORUM Programme (NDRM).

The CDF forms part of the grant facility developed under the ACP-EU financed Strengthening of the Capacity of the CDEMA Coordinating Unit and Participating States for Implementation of Comprehensive Disaster Management Project...
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Bahamian Woman Makes Regional History in Utilities Sector - Apr 10, 2017 - 2:30:25 PM

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Marisa Mason-Smith has made history in the world of utilities in the region.  She is the first Bahamian to be elected to the position of Chairperson of the CARILEC Human Resource Professionals Committee for the region.  She is also the first Bahamian to be appointed to the Board of Directors Training Committee.  

The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) is an association of electric services, dealers, manufactures and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean region, Central and South Americas and Globally...
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CDEMA champions Caribbean School Safety Initiative - Apr 6, 2017 - 5:07:01 PM

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At the recently concluded Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum held on April 3-4, 2017 in Antigua and Barbuda, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) reiterated its commitment to championing the Caribbean School Safety initiative towards building a culture of safety within the education sector.

“I am pleased to indicate that the Safe Schools initiative will be a flagship programme of the CDEMA Coordinating Unit for the Corporate Planning Period 2017-2020”, said Elizabeth Riley, Deputy Executive Director, CDEMA.

The CDEMA Coordinating Unit has a long history of supporting the integration of disaster risk management into the education sector through...
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Caribbean Writers Congress to pay tribute to Sir Derek Walcott - Apr 3, 2017 - 11:12:05 PM

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The Saint Lucian Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott, will be remembered during the fifth Caribbean Writers Congress taking place in Guadeloupe from April 5 - 8 and organised by the Guadeloupe Regional Collectivity in partnership with the Association of Caribbean Writers (AEC – Association des Ecrivains de la Caraïbe).

Since 2008, this event has been bringing together English-, Spanish- and French-speaking authors and literary personalities every two years. Some 20 territories are represented in one place, showcasing a blend of literary genres, the mixing of heritages and a diversity of writing...
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Bahamas Striping Completes First International Project in Turks Island - Apr 3, 2017 - 1:04:09 PM

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Bahamas Striping received tremendous validation of its work after securing and successfully completing its first regional assignment, a five-figure contract to mark seven miles of roads in Turks and Caicos.
 
"Since establishing Bahamas Striping seven years ago my goal has always been to expand the company internationaly," said Bahamas Striping's president Atario Mitchell, a young tradesman with a string of entrepreneurial awards under his belt.
 
"This significant milestone gave me a great sense of Bahamian pride to obtain and execute our first international contract. We are definitely moving in the right direction," he said...
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Testimony brings prison inmates to tears - Mar 30, 2017 - 2:46:58 PM

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Bahamian Evangelist Ethel Rolle brought tears to the eyes of female inmates at Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds in St. Philips, Barbados, during a tour of the facilities, Friday, March 24.

It was the culmination of Prison Fellowship International Regional Forum held March 21-24 at the Church of God of Prophecy, Water Street, Christ Church.

Evangelist Rolle told her own story of having low self-esteem, attempting suicide, committing two murders and being imprisoned. She encouraged the inmates to not give up hope and to seek salvation through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour...
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Dominica Govt Provides EC$462,600 for Residential and Charitable Institutions - Mar 25, 2017 - 9:24:34 AM

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The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica handed over cheques to representatives seven Residential and Charitable Institutions in Dominica on Friday morning to support their Capital Works needs totaling EC$462,664.69.

Capital needs of these institutions include: plumbing, completion of a new building, electrical, painting, repairs to a roof, screening of windows, replacement of doors and door frames, fencing a property, water tank installation, installation of railings, installation of windows, showcase repairs, and repairs to washrooms...
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Bahamas represented at ParlAmericas conference - Mar 23, 2017 - 9:14:40 PM

Citizens for a Better Bahamas Chairman Lemarque Campbell recently attended the ParlAmericas conference that was held in San Jose, Costa Rica from March 16th to 18th, 2017. Parliamentarians and civil society representatives, from 25 countries within the Latin America and Caribbean region, attended the conference to discuss ways to strengthen the ties between citizens and legislatures. Mr. Campbell was invited to present on the importance of a Freedom of Information Act and governance issues affecting the Bahamas.

Mr. Campbell commented, "Our work continues until we see a strong Freedom of Information Act, not only passed, but actually enacted and implemented in the Bahamas..."
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Caribbean sports journalist Lawrence James dies - Mar 23, 2017 - 8:26:55 PM

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The Caribbean Sports Journalists' Association (CASJA) extends condolences to the family and friends of the late Lawrence James.

Mr James, a Sports Journalist and Editor at the Mirror Publishing Company Ltd of St Lucia, died on Tuesday March 21, following a long illness.

He was also a Major in the St Lucia Cadet Corps and a founding member and General Secretary of the Blue Dragon Karate Association of St Lucia...
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