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Seaborne, Cape Air to increase Flights To St. Croix - Dec 16, 2018 - 8:38:59 PM

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The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has embarked on a marketing initiative with Seaborne Airlines and Cape Air to promote new flights between San Juan and St. Croix, helping to meet the demand for travel to the island this winter season.

On Seaborne Airlines, the San Juan-St. Croix route will see an increase from two to three daily flights beginning on December 20, 2018. Then, on January 8, 2019, Seaborne will increase its frequency from three flights to six daily flights.
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Caribbean Tourism Organization Declares 2019 ‘The Year of Festivals’ in the Caribbean - Dec 14, 2018 - 10:20:10 AM

On the heels of the past year’s successful Year of Rejuvenation, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has declared 2019 the Year of Festivals in the Caribbean. Throughout 2019, the region will celebrate the unique rhythm and tempo of each CTO destination.

“The Year of Festivals will focus on the fascinating events that have become an integral part of the Caribbean tourism calendar. Festivals help to energize communities across the region, while giving visitors more reasons to enjoy our destinations,” said Hugh Riley, Secretary General of CTO...
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Caribbean Angel Investor Ecosystem Raises Private Capital and Launches Regional Business Angel Network - Dec 13, 2018 - 12:15:57 PM

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“Driving Growth Through Private Investment,” was the focus of the Caribbean Export Development Agency’s (Caribbean Export) hosting of the 2nd Caribbean Angel Investor Forum at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  The Forum which was held November 29-30, gathered a distinguished group of prominent policy makers, entrepreneurs, private and angel investors.   

Minister of Trade and Industry with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Paula Gopee-Scoon in her opening remarks underscored the challenges entrepreneurs face with the limited options found within traditional banking systems which often require collateral and venture capital to secure.  “If our businesses are to compete globally, the support of diverse investment modalities is crucial...
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Global uranium supply can meet projected demand, NEA and IAEA say in new report - Dec 13, 2018 - 9:38:31 AM

The world’s supply of uranium is more than adequate to meet projected requirements for the foreseeable future, regardless of the role that nuclear energy ultimately plays in meeting future electricity demand and global climate objectives. However, significant investment and technical expertise will be required to ensure these uranium resources can be brought into production in a timely manner, including from mines currently under care and maintenance...
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New Ambassador of Panama Presents Credentials - Dec 12, 2018 - 3:53:00 PM

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The new Permanent Representative of Panama to the Organization of American States (OAS), Salvador Sánchez González, today presented his credentials to the Secretary General of the Organization, Luis Almagro.

In the ceremony that took place at the Organization's headquarters in Washington, DC, Ambassador Sánchez González said the defense of democracy and the promotion of sustainable development will be two central points of his work agenda. "Our commitment is to take the region responsibly towards the thresholds of democratic development and material development that our peoples demand," he said...
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Airport Redevelopment Project Ready to Take Off - Dec 12, 2018 - 3:00:50 PM

The People of Saint Lucia are finally set to see the Hewanorra International Airport Redevelopment Project take off as the Government of Saint Lucia continues to deliver on its promise to expand and improve local infrastructure.

This project is essential to Saint Lucia’s overall economic growth, especially as the island continues to expand as a leader in leisure and business travel. Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation and External Affairs...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Statement of the OAS General Secretariat on Russian Military Aircraft with possible Nuclear Capacity in Venezuela - Dec 12, 2018 - 2:00:40 PM

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) takes note with
the greatest concern of the news coming from Venezuela about the possibility that aircraft capable of using nuclear weapons from Russia are in its territory. The presence of this foreign military mission violates the Venezuelan Constitution because it has not been authorized by the National Assembly...
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ECADE urges the Eastern Caribbean to stand up for human rights - Dec 11, 2018 - 12:48:43 PM

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Seventy years later, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) remains even more relevant than ever as we witness a rolling back of rights around the world. The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE), notes with distress, the continued lack of progress towards achieving justice and equality for all in the eastern Caribbean, as we join the world in observing Human Rights Day 2018 and the 70th anniversary of this historic document.

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the EC remain among the most vulnerable and at risk for marginalisation simply for expressing their authentic selves,” says ECADE Executive Director Kenita Placide...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Preliminary Visit of OAS Electoral Observation Mission to El Salvador - Dec 10, 2018 - 12:14:09 PM

The Chief of the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) for the presidential elections on February 3rd in El Salvador, Uruguayan diplomat Juan Pablo Corlazzoli, today began a preliminary visit to the country to learn about the progress made in the organization of the elections...
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International Conference Speaker Shares his Most memorable Speeches - Dec 10, 2018 - 10:23:02 AM
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Public speaking for me is one of the gifts from my Creator. In addition to speaking successfully as an international conference speaker, I have also been blessed with the gifts of writing and hosting my own  television and radio shows .

I have been honored to give 5,000 speeches and presentations in my 30 years as a much sought after motivational speaker. So today, I thought I would share with you some of my most memorable speeches and presentations.

1. In 1990 I was contracted by the Life Underwriters Association of The Bahamas (LUAB) to be one of the speakers at their Annual Conference being held in Ft. Lauderdale , Florida at the Embassy Suites Hotel. I was extremely excited for this opportunity of being the first Bahamian to address their international conference and additionally...

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Mexico crowned Miss World 2018 - Dec 8, 2018 - 9:09:48 AM

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Vanessa Ponce de Leon from Mexico has been crowned the winner of the 68th Miss World final held in Sanya, China and now holds the coveted title of Miss World 2018.

Vanessa was crowned on the world’s biggest stage by her predecessor 2017 Miss World, Manushi Chhillar. The Miss World Final attracts a global TV audience of one billion viewers worldwide. When combined with its social media and website, Miss World has reached more than two billion people in the run up to the final...
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U.S. Embassy Donates Over $430,000 in Equipment and Gear to the RBPF - Dec 7, 2018 - 12:08:19 PM

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On December 6, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers and Minister of National Security The Honorable Marvin Dames participated in the official handover ceremony of more than $430,000 in equipment and gear to the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) at the Police College. The donation was made possible through the U.S. Department of State’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section. The donation includes 293 ballistic vests, plates, uniforms; a high-powered Leica Macroscope; Police College training equipment; and Safe boat Maintenance Equipment to various units in the RBPF...
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New ILO figures show 164 million people are migrant workers - Dec 6, 2018 - 9:39:24 AM

The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 164 million people are migrant workers – a rise of 9 per cent since 2013, when they numbered 150 million.

According to the 2nd edition of the ILO’s Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers , which covers the period between 2013 and 2017, the majority of migrant workers – 96 million – are men, while 68 million are women...
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Miss World 2018 to be crowned in China this Saturday - Dec 5, 2018 - 3:26:45 PM

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The 68th Miss World Final is to be held on Saturday 8 December 2018 at the impressive Sanya City Arena, Lizhigou Road, Sanya, China.

This year 118 contestants from all over the world will compete for the coveted Miss World crown on the world’s biggest stage.

Manushi Chhillar of India, reigning Miss World said: “Being an ambassador for Miss World and Beauty With A Purpose is a great honour. Not only do you wear the badge of your country, bringing national pride and inspiring patriotism...
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U.S. Embassy Closure in observance of the National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush - Dec 4, 2018 - 10:59:24 AM


The United States Embassy will be closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.  President Trump has designated December 5th as a National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush, the forty-first President of the United States.

Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Thursday, December 6th at 8:00 a.m.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section via telephone: 242-322-1181...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
New Representative of Costa Rica to the OAS Presents Credentials to Secretary General Almagro - Nov 29, 2018 - 5:43:41 PM

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The new Permanent Representative of Costa Rica, Montserrat Solano Carboni, today presented credentials to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro in a ceremony in which she highlighted the importance of joint work between states to ensure a better future for coming generations.

In her speech, Ambassador Solano Carboni recalled that her country "is historically committed to multilateralism and human rights and recognizes the value of political dialogue and consultation as essential elements for the peaceful resolution of conflicts." She added that the values promoted by her country...
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Tourism, Food Security Among High-potential Areas for Expanding UAE-Caribbean Cooperation - Nov 29, 2018 - 2:51:54 PM

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Tourism, food security, manufacturing, logistics, and renewable energy have been identified as high-potential areas where companies in the UAE and Caribbean region can expand economic cooperation, according to new analysis from Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The findings, released on sidelines of the first UAE-Caribbean Cooperation Forum in Dubai, revealed that the value of non-oil trade between Dubai and Caribbean countries totaled $273 million in 2017...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Medellín, Colombia to Host 49th OAS General Assembly - Nov 28, 2018 - 3:07:31 PM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today approved a resolution to hold the next General Assembly of the Organization in Medellin, Colombia, on June 26, 27 and 28, 2019.

In his presentation to the Council, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, highlighted the commitment of his country to the renewal of Inter-American multilateralism and explained that Colombia's offer is framed in "an act of faith in the Inter-American system...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
New Ambassador of Barbados to the OAS Presents Credentials - Nov 28, 2018 - 1:24:39 PM

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The new Permanent Representative of Barbados to the Organization of American States (OAS), Noel Lynch, today presented his credentials to the Secretary General of the Organization, Luis Almagro.

Ambassador Lynch said Barbados sees the OAS “as the premier multilateral organization in the Americas working to promote dialogue and to strengthen peace.” He pledged his country´s continuing commitment to support “the programs and activities in the critical areas of democracy, human rights...
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IAEA Inaugurates New Facility in Milestone for Modernization of Nuclear Applications Laboratories - Nov 28, 2018 - 10:12:02 AM

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today inaugurated a new laboratory building that will be used for scientific work to help countries address food and agricultural challenges. The event marks the conclusion of major construction in the project to upgrade the IAEA Nuclear Applications laboratories outside Vienna, Austria...
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