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PanJam Announces Acquisition of Minority Stake in Regus’ Caribbean Franchise Partner - Nov 15, 2018 - 10:50:04 AM

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PanJam Investment Limited (PanJam or the Group) increased profits on stronger investment and property income.

Net profit attributable to stockholders for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 amounted to $1.9 billion, an increase of 59 per cent relative to the same period in 2017. Earnings per stock unit were $1.84.

Income from PanJam’s core operations more than doubled when compared to the third quarter of 2017. This performance was driven by a substantial improvement in investment income...
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UWP Conference of Delegates 2018 - Nov 13, 2018 - 1:39:47 PM

The United Workers Party held its 2018 Conference of Delegates in Vieux Fort on Sunday November 11, 2018, to a packed hall of over 300 delegates with all seventeen constituencies fully represented.  All executive positions were up for nomination, the majority of which went unopposed.

The Political Leader and deputy Political Leaders were unopposed and re-elected as there was a strong vote of confidence in the Party’s Leadership...
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Panel to discuss whether ganja and medicinal herbs offer the Caribbean a new path to wellness - Oct 29, 2018 - 10:47:31 AM

Bryanna Hylton, the Westwood High School, Jamaica student who won this year’s Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Tourism Youth Congress, will join the CTO’s programme of activities for Caribbean Tourism Month (CTM) which is observed during the month of November.

The 17-year-old Hylton will join an online panel for the Thursday, 1 November launch of the month of activities linked to the year of rejuvenation and wellness...
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ECLAC and ILO stress importance of moving toward a more sustainable development model to create new job opportunities - Oct 23, 2018 - 1:35:32 AM

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Latin America and the Caribbean is the most biodiverse region in the world, but it is losing its natural wealth due to the environmental harm being caused by the current development pattern. That is why there is a pressing need to transition toward a more sustainable model, both from an environmental and labor point of view, which would enable access to new opportunities and improvements in employment, ECLAC and the ILO indicate in a new joint publication.

In the 19th edition of Employment situation in Latin America and the Caribbean (October 2018), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) address how urgently needed environmental sustainability...
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Fisheries Ministers approve climate change protocol for CRFM Member States - Oct 14, 2018 - 9:18:59 PM

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A Protocol on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture was approved for CARICOM States during a recent high-level meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).

At the 8th Special Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council held in Barbados on Thursday, 11 October 2018, during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, the ministers approved the protocol to the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP)...
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Saint Lucia extends condolences to Haiti following 5.9-magnitude Earthquake - Oct 8, 2018 - 1:15:33 PM

In the wake of the reported 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on the evening of Saturday 6th October 2018, the Government of Saint Lucia has expressed condolences to the Government and People of Haiti.

It has been reported that at least 12 people have died and over 200 were injured in the earthquake and at least one aftershock that rocked the northern part of the island...
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Commonwealth finance ministers explore new strategies to manage disaster risk - Oct 8, 2018 - 1:10:22 PM

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Finance ministers from the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth will meet in the margins of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meetings this week in Bali, Indonesia, to discuss financing solutions to help counter the risk of natural disasters in their countries.

Under the theme ‘Enhancing national capacity to reduce disaster risk’, the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting will consider Commonwealth proposals including an online portal to simplify access to disaster finance and placing long-term advisors in member countries to develop funding applications for disaster risk management...
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Invest in our Youth Today. Create a Better Tomorrow - Oct 5, 2018 - 5:33:20 PM

The Caribbean is a youthful region, with over 60% of the population under the age of 30 years.  The inclusion of youth is central to region’s economic development and as such the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in cooperation with the European Union are supporting 8 youth owned agro-processing businesses from across the CARIFORUM to participate in the Caribbean Week of Agriculture’s Market Place...
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Caribbean Cure SIAL, Paris - Oct 4, 2018 - 5:43:25 AM

For generations, Caribbean grandmothers have steeped and brewed indigenous herbs, roots and even bush, convinced of their ability to cure just about any ailment.  When two young entrepreneurs in the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago decided to pay homage to this tradition, not even in their wildest dreams did they imagine that their earthy concoctions would be dubbed among the world’s most innovative foods...
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Bahamas Prime Minister's feature address - SOTIC Update Day 2 - Oct 2, 2018 - 12:41:26 PM

The Bahamian prime minister Hubert Minnis delivered the feature address at tonight’s opening of the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) at Atlantis Paradise Island. The following is a transcript of his speech.

Feature Address Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis Prime Minister Commonwealth of the Bahamas Opening Ceremony State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC)Grand Ballroom, Atlantis Paradise Island Tuesday, October 2, 2018 7:00pm...
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Saint Lucia Voted Chair Of The Caribbean Tourism Organization - Oct 2, 2018 - 11:44:17 AM

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Saint Lucia has been voted in as chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with the election today of its Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee, ending the two-year term of the Bahamas, which ascended to the position in Barbados in 2016.

His election took place late this evening at the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort where the CTO held its annual general meeting ahead of the official opening of the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC)...

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Technical experts discuss updated plan for Eastern Caribbean flyingfish fishery - Oct 1, 2018 - 10:35:14 AM

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The state of the Eastern Caribbean flyingfish, as well as an updated plan to improve the management of this valuable resource shared across many Eastern Caribbean States, will be discussed at a two-day meeting being convened in Barbados today, Monday, 1 October 2018.

The discussions will take place in the context of the Special Meeting of the Joint Working Group on Flyingfish in the Eastern Caribbean, constituted by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Chief Fisheries Officers, as well as representatives of fisherfolk organizations...
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CTO hosts National and Regional Climate Resiliency and Disaster Management Training Workshops - Sep 27, 2018 - 2:41:05 PM

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism of The Bahamas, is hosting a series of workshops on Climate Sensitisation and Disaster Risk Management in Nassau, Bahamas. These workshops are aimed at facilitating the sharing of knowledge and best practices on strategies related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as identifying sound disaster risk management approaches.

 “The topics of climate change and disaster preparedness are very pertinent to us in The Bahamas and the wider Caribbean. We live in a region that is prone to the effects of climate change and natural hazards especially hurricanes...
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St. Lucia Prime Minister to address United Nations General Assembly - Sep 27, 2018 - 10:05:16 AM

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Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet continues to champion the cause of middle income countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

During the annual United Nations General Assembly, which began on September 25th, the Prime Minister, along with the Saint Lucian delegation which includes Minister with responsibility for External Affairs, Honourable Sarah Flood Beaubrun...
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Gas Pro championing LPG use for Motor Vehicles - Sep 14, 2018 - 11:27:43 AM

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With 2018 seeing record fuel prices in Jamaica, Massy Gas Products Jamaica Limited (Gas Pro) is promoting Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as an alternative fuel for motor vehicles. The LPG supplier is partnering with Excel Motors located in Savanna-La-Mar to offer the solution (also called Autogas) to companies and individuals in Jamaica. After years of planning, the companies now have a robust offering that provides savings, improved mileage and improved performance.

“Gas Pro is excited to lead the introduction of Autogas in Jamaica. We are always looking for ways to add value to customers and to innovate...
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UWP: Hilaire continues to manipulate the truth - Aug 29, 2018 - 2:07:00 PM

The events of the past week have once again proven that the Saint Lucia Labour Party continues to manipulate the truth in their own narrow pursuits to engineer confusion and chaos. It is evident that ahead of their so-called march of shame, the Labour Party is trying to garner support by shamelessly misleading the public.

At a press conference on August 28th 2018, Dr. Ernest Hilaire, Saint Lucia Labour Party rep for Castries South, made a statement where he referred to a Government Minister as a liar...
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Caribbean Food Innovations with Truly Tumeric and Caribbean Cure Teas Recogised at SIAL, Paris - Aug 29, 2018 - 10:49:27 AM

Two Caribbean companies have been selected as finalist in the SIAL Innovation Awards 2018 for their product innovation.  They are Caribbean Cure Ltd of Trinidad and Tobago and Naledo Belize Ltd.

SIAL is regarded as the world’s largest food innovation exhibition and hosts the SIAL Innovation Awards each year to recognise those who help to shape what we eat both today and tomorrow.  Taking place in Paris from October 21-25, 2018...
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“A Caribbean plant kingdom” in Ti Koko and Kush Kush, a book review by N.C. Marks - Aug 27, 2018 - 11:34:03 PM

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There is a place where the land curves into the wide smile of a bay. A place where lush, green, tropical vegetation thrives next to a white sand beach, which is gently licked by blue waves of the sea.

In this paradise of a seascape unfolds the story of Ti Koko and Kush Kush by Patricia G. Turnbull. In this storybook the vibe is peace, love, and harmony in the friendly ecosystem of yam, coconut, mango, avocado, “tea bush,” and “Peas and peppers … well behaved,” just to name a few of the plants in “Garden Bay.”

Then suddenly, “Brogudoosh! Brogudoosh!”, an unexpected disaster disrupts the equilibrium of the happy, magical bayside community...
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CHTA engages on recovery plans at Clinton Global Initiative - Aug 27, 2018 - 7:26:51 AM

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The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) was out in full force recently for the second formal meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery.

As this year's hurricane season approached its peak months, a number of the Association's senior officials were among more than 350 leaders from government, business, and civil society who participated in the important discussions convened by President Bill Clinton on August 7 amid various Caribbean nations' continued revival from hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017...
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Tourism Enhancement Funds can benefit all, says Caribbean Hotel Executive - Aug 19, 2018 - 11:11:22 PM

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The establishment of a private sector-driven Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has the potential to be a "game changer" as Dominica rebuilds its vital tourism industry.

Addressing last week's open session of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association's (DHTA) Annual General Meeting, Immediate Past President of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) Sanovnik Destang said if implemented effectively, the TEF resources collected from visitors could generate nearly EC $1 million to bolster tourism-related initiatives...
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