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Testimony brings prison inmates to tears - Mar 27, 2017 - 2:46:58 PM

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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Bermuda’s residents spent $84.5 million on overseas care - Mar 27, 2017 - 2:20:29 PM

Bermuda spent $84.5 million on overseas care between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016, with $6M going toward transportation and accommodation. Recognising the importance of specialised overseas care to health outcomes, the Bermuda Health Council developed a report, Overseas Care: A Synopsis of Trends for the Island of Bermuda to provide a more in-depth analysis of how much money was spent, where and on what type of care.

Bermuda needs to be wise about the resources that are available on island for healthcare. With 61,295 people, the quality of healthcare can be compromised by limited use of services, complex services or experience of those delivering care. To ensure that Bermuda’s residents have access to specialized healthcare, strategic partnerships have been formed with overseas facilities enabling residents to receive much needed care...
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Dominica Govt Provides EC$462,600 for Residential and Charitable Institutions - Mar 25, 2017 - 9:24:34 AM

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

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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Charter For Caribbean Public Services Endorsed at Ministerial Symposium - Mar 22, 2017 - 3:13:33 PM

A Charter for the public services of the Caribbean was endorsed at a Ministerial Symposium that took place at the Jolly Beach Hotel in Antigua and Barbuda on March, 9 & 10, 2017. The Charter identifies components of a professional and effective public service. It establishes a general framework of guiding principles, policies and management mechanisms reflecting a common commitment of the Public Services of the Caribbean Region. It is intended to serve as a catalyst for the reform, modernisation and transformation of national public sector entities within the context of each country’s realities and priorities. Consultations took place in CARICAD member states ahead of the Symposium to allow citizens to discuss the Charter and provide feedback...
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Sir Derek Alton Walcott to Receive State Funeral - Mar 21, 2017 - 10:00:56 PM

Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL OBE OCC, who died at home in Saint Lucia on Friday March 17, 2017, is to receive a state funeral. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the decision on Monday in light of the contribution by Sir Derek Walcott to Saint Lucia.
This highest national honour, normally reserved for heads of state and government, has been conferred on Sir Derek out of respect for his exceptional contribution to the literary and artistic legacy of Saint Lucia, the Caribbean and the world.

The funeral of Sir Derek Walcott, poet, artist, playwright, and 1992 Nobel Laureate in Literature, will take place at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the City of Castries, on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 2:00pm...
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Saint Lucia PM on the passing of Sir Derek Walcott - Mar 17, 2017 - 9:10:18 AM

The Government and People of Saint Lucia have suffered a great loss with the passing of poet and playwright Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL, OBE, OCC.

Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Honourable Allen Chastanet has on behalf of the Government and People expressed deepest condolences to the Walcott family, friends and members of the literary fraternity.

Sir Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, passed away on the morning March 17th 2017 following a prolonged illness at his home in Saint Lucia.
In a statement to the media this morning, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said, “Today is a very historical day with the passing of Sir Derek Walcott...
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Mentorship programme to empower Commonwealth young women - Mar 16, 2017 - 12:37:03 PM

Young women across the Commonwealth are set to benefit from a new initiative to help them acquire critical life skills and to progress in their careers. The Commonwealth Women’s Mentorship Scheme will match aspiring young people with experienced professionals in their fields.

The project was conceptualised at the Commonwealth Women Leaders’ Summit in 2016, and endorsed by Commonwealth Ministers responsible for women’s affairs at their meeting in Samoa later the same year. It will be delivered by the Secretariat in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Council, the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network and Rotary in Canada and the Caribbean...
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US-Bahamas-Caribbean Effort Takes Pet Food Education to Regional Classrooms - Mar 16, 2017 - 7:59:43 AM

With more than half of all American households including a pet and that number believed to be even higher in parts of the Caribbean, Washington-based Pet Food Institute (PFI) is stepping up efforts to educate pet owners about the importance of proper pet nutrition. This week, that PFI campaign took Bahamian Sandra Kemp nearly 1500 miles to Scarborough, Tobago to meet with students, veterinarians, animal protection organizations, government officials and media.

“The reception was amazing,” said Kemp, representing the PFI. “The 6-8-year-olds at Michael K. Hall Community School in Carnee, Tobago, who played the Not Safe! game identifying which foods were unsafe for pets left knowing they should never give their dogs bones again, nor feed them grapes, raisins, chocolate or onions...
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Tambourine Army disappointed over the arrest of co-founder, Latoya Nugent - Mar 15, 2017 - 11:35:37 AM

"The Tambourine Army is disappointed at the arrest and charge of one of our co-founders Latoya Nugent. We witnessed with horror and trepidation the Jamaican state exert intimidation in the process of the arrest of Latoya Nugent. We urge state actors to remember specifically that according to sections of the Jamaica’s Constitution, Chapter 3: Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, each citizen has (h) “the right to equitable and humane treatment by any public authority in the exercise of any function”; and (j) the right to protection from search of the person and property.

"We find the charges to be a clear attempt on the part of the State to silence a human rights advocate who has dedicated her efforts to fighting for the rights of the Jamaican girl child and the survival of the Jamaican woman..."
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How social protection can facilitate formalization in the Caribbean - Mar 14, 2017 - 3:00:51 PM

Port of Spain (ILO News) Representatives from 16 Caribbean countries are in Trinidad and Tobago (14-17 March 2017) to discuss the extension of social protection in the context of formalization policies.

Director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, Ms Claudia Coenjaerts, opened a Caribbean training Workshop on the Extension of Social Protection in the context of formalization policies.

“Social security extension strategies should apply to persons both in the formal and informal economy and support the growth of formal employment and the reduction of informality..."
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St. Lucia Govt. remains Committed to Developing Renewable Energy - Mar 13, 2017 - 9:04:39 AM

The Government of Saint Lucia has expressed its commitment to continue to work towards the development of renewable energy on the island. This after US-based firm WindTex Energy disappointingly cancelled plans for a previously announced wind farm on the east coast, less than four months after the new administration gave its commitment to the developer, to see the project to a successful completion.

On November 3, 2016, Sustainable Development Minister Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert, facilitated discussions with the developer and other partners to ensure the smooth continuation of the multi-million dollar development of a 12 megawatts (MW) wind farm in Anse Cannot, Dennery.
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World Travel Awards coming to Turks and Caicos - Mar 10, 2017 - 11:17:08 AM

World Travel Awards has revealed that Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa will host the Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2017.

Situated on 12 miles of crystal white sand on Grace Bay, Beaches Turks & Caicos will welcome leaders from across the region on Saturday 16th September as they gather to see who among them has been voted the pinnacle of the travel industry.

This will be the fifth time World Travel Awards has visited Turks & Caicos, following glittering ceremonies at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa back in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012...
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St. Lucia PM Clarifies Allegations - Mar 8, 2017 - 11:35:09 AM

Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet wishes to set straight the record regarding widely publicized allegations referencing a parcel of land in the Moule-a-Chique area. The verifiable facts are as follows:

The land referred to is located at Moule-a-Chique—and is not included in the proposals relating to the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) development. The land was purchased from a private individual.

The Moule-a-Chique land in question was purchased in April 2013 by eight individuals, including Mr. Allen Chastanet months before he became leader of the United Workers Party...
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Consistency Rewarded at Annual Culture Time (ACT) Awards 2016 in St. Martin - Mar 8, 2017 - 4:04:14 AM

Winners at the Annual Culture Time (ACT) Awards, 2016 were rewarded for their consistency in their various fields, said producer and host of St. Martin’s longest-running cultural program on PJD2 radio.

Hosts Fabian Badejo and Dr. Rhoda Arrindell announced the 2016 winners in 18 categories on Sunday, March 5, 2017 during the hour-long program, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year on on the Caribbean island...
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Dominica Carnival Mas Domnik 2017 a Success - Mar 5, 2017 - 1:41:55 PM

The Dominica Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal and the Discover Dominica Authority hails the success of Mas Domnik 2017. This sentiment has also been shared by those who participated and followed the events locally and internationally through various forms of media.  The success of this year’s Carnival can be attributed to the effort of all the stakeholders involved.

Additionally, Government’s decision to increase funding for the Carnival 2017 Budget played a key role in the success of this year’s events. The Minister for Tourism and Urban Renewal, Senator Robert Tonge applauds the organizers, revelers, and the general public for a creative, safe, and enjoyable Carnival Season...
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PM Chastanet calls for “Functional Cooperation” at OECS meeting - Mar 4, 2017 - 8:40:51 PM

St. Lucia Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet called for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to tackle the problems of the region head on as he addressed the 64th Meeting of the OECS Authority on March 3rd 2017 in Saint Kitts.

“In these trying times, this new normal that we are living in, requires more than ever that we no longer practice the ostrich syndrome,” said the Prime Minister. “The state of our own economies is depriving the citizens of our countries of the lifestyle and the services they so richly deserve...
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Bahamas and St.Lucia to host ILO-Brazil Mission on “Improving School-to-Work Transition to Prevent Child Labour” - Mar 4, 2017 - 10:04:35 AM

The International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Government of Brazil, will be undertaking a South-South Cooperation Mission to Saint Lucia ( 6th-7th March 2017) and the Bahamas ( 9th-10th March 2017). This is the first of several planned missions within the framework of a regional capacity-building Project for the Caribbean Countries that are members of the ILO’s Regional Initiative Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour. The Project, which focuses on apprenticeships (School-to-work transition) as a response to child labour issues, commenced in July 2016 with the launch of Rapid Assessments of Child Labour in the Bahamas, Guyana, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago...
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Bahamas to Participate in “Reclaim Our Streets” Regional March - Mar 3, 2017 - 4:48:00 PM

Seven marches in seven Caribbean countries will bring hundreds of people together to break silence on sexual violence on Saturday, March 11. Hollaback! Bahamas, powered by Equality Bahamas, is the organizer of the march taking place in Nassau, Bahamas at 2pm.

The march will start from the Potter’s Cay parking lot west of the Paradise Island bridge at 2pm and end at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts grounds. Participants are invited to stay on the grounds for the Tiny Talk Speaker Series and Expo which will include a story-sharing section, yoga, condom demonstrations, and art therapy workshops...
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