Catastrophic hurricanes Irma and Maria underscore need to press ahead with risk insurance for fishers, CRFM says
- Oct 21, 2017 - 7:27:18 PM
Several Caribbean countries have been recently devastated by two
catastrophic hurricanes, Irma and Maria, underscoring the need for
Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) to
press forward with risk insurance for the fisheries sector—being
developed by the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility
Segregated Portfolio Company (CCRIF SPC, formerly known as the CCRIF) in
collaboration with the World Bank. This initiative to develop risk
insurance for the fisheries sector in CARICOM States is supported by the
United States government under the Caribbean Ocean and Aquaculture
Sustainability Facility (COAST)...
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...
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.
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...
UB Adjunct, broadcaster presents Innovative research at Social Media Conference in DC
- Oct 12, 2017 - 1:28:36 PM
University of The Bahamas part-time professor Christopher Saunders
presented ground-breaking research on Snapchat usage and Bahamians at
The 7th Social Media Technology Conference and Workshop at Howard
University in Washington DC October 5, 2017.
The study entitled
“Happy Snapping: Does happiness, narcissism, religiosity, and life
position predict Snapchat Intensity among Bahamian users” produced
interesting results about the social media platform and Bahamian users.
The study focused on happiness but found that narcissism was the highest
predictor of the platform’s intensity among users.
Leila O’Brien: A Creative Flower in Full Bloom
- Oct 12, 2017 - 1:22:20 PM
The more Leila O’Brien reads, the more she writes, blossoming and
flourishing like the beautiful flower she is, inside and out. With loose
leaf paper on her desk and pen in hand, the third grader’s vivid and
creative imagination bursts forth colourfully, naturally and quickly.
an avid reader, at the tender age of 7 her creative writing teacher at
the time Ms. Carly Burrows at Genesis Academy discovered she had a way
with words. Even more, she discovered Leila had an innate ability to
clearly and articulately create new, exciting worlds full of adventure
we all wish we could escape to...
Overcoming obstacles to Innovation & productivity in Firms: a case of The Bahamas
- Oct 12, 2017 - 12:38:22 PM
Earlier this year, the IDB Group’s Caribbean Department invested in
training for its employees to participate in a ‘Simplexity Workshop’,
facilitated by Basadur Applied Creativity, with the objective of
introducing the team to creative problem solving. The session resonated
with the IDB’s team in The Bahamas. It forced participants to think of
innovative ways to apply this creative process in executing the IDB’s
mission as a development partner. The workshop evaluated problems from
the lens of “how might we” do something differently, analyzing potential
Bahamian journalist and Press Club member participants in NBC Universal Workshops
- Oct 11, 2017 - 9:53:53 AM
The Bahamas Press Club 2014 is proud that its member, Deandre Williamson
was selected from among hundreds of applicants to participate in the
CNBC Business News Associate Workshop and NBCUniversity at the
Excellence in Journalism Convention held recently in Anaheim,
The Press Club congratulates Williamson, in keeping
with its mission, which is to foster a culture of excellence and
integrity in the profession of Journalism and Mass Communications...
Ministers to hear how harnessing innovation vital to tackling Commonwealth’s economic challenges
- Oct 9, 2017 - 11:23:07 AM
Innovation will be at the centre of ways to tackle shared challenges
facing Commonwealth countries when finance ministers, central bank
governors, and senior finance officials meet this week in Washington DC.
states will be discussing ways to address climate change, financial
exclusion, unemployment and the vulnerability of small and developing
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...
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
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)...
Minister Lloyd concludes Working Visit to Washington DC by chairing Education Authorities meeting and meeting Bahamians in the Diaspora
- Oct 4, 2017 - 8:34:25 PM
Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education, concluded his Working Visit
to Washington DC by chairing the Planning Meeting of Authorities of the
Inter-American Committee on Education at the Organization of American
States on September 28th- 29th, 2017. The meeting focused on crafting a
work plan for the Committee for 2017-2019 to prioritize areas of action
for education cooperation projects, to concretize opportunities for
intersectoral collaboration with other OAS Ministerial processes such as
those involving Labour and Science and Technology...
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)...
Dominica PM Roosevelt Skerrit addresses his nation post Hurricane Maria
- Sep 29, 2017 - 8:43:54 AM
It has been 10 days since our homes were shattered, our power cut, our
communications silenced and too many of our beloved, taken from us.
Darkness descended on a night that will forever be a scar on Dominica.
I would like to update you on where we now are, share with you our
current thinking and deepen our dialogue on the rebuilding of Dominica.
said at the United Nations last week that we Dominicans, have cried for
our people and our land; but we do not despair. We survey the
debris…shocked; but not stooped. We have always stood tall and as long
as we remain a single community, we always will.
My Fellow Dominicans, there are three parts to the journey of Dominica Returning.
Health ministers meeting at PAHO opens with somber tone after recent disasters
- Sep 28, 2017 - 8:36:16 PM
The hurricanes that devastated parts of the Caribbean and the
earthquakes that caused deaths in Mexico took center stage today at the
opening of a regional meeting of health ministers, the 29th Pan American
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Director Carissa F. Etienne spoke to ministers of affected countries,
extending “heartfelt condolences on the occasion of the deaths and
injuries, the utter devastation and destruction, the extensive
dislocation and the psychological trauma resulting from Hurricanes
Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria...
Bahamas Minister of Education meets with OAS Officials
- Sep 27, 2017 - 8:47:01 PM
The Hon Jeffrey Lloyd, Bahamas Minister of Education, who us currently
on a working visit to Washington, D.C., met today (Wednesday, September
27, 2017) with OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro and Assistant
Secretary General Nestor Mendez at the Organization of American States
(OAS) Main Building located on the corner of 17th Street and
Constitution Ave., N.W. They discussed “inter-American cooperation in
quality of education,” according to a tweet later posted by Secretary
General Almagro. In the first photo, Minister Lloyd (left) is pictured
during his meeting with Secretary General Almagro and in the second
photo he is pictured with Assistant Secretary General Mendez...
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
“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...
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
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!
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
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...
Minister Lloyd encourages OAS Member States to pursue a “culture of innovation” as he begins Working Visit to Washington DC
- Sep 26, 2017 - 10:36:58 AM
Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education, began a working visit to
Washington DC on Monday, 25th September, 2017, with Keynote Remarks
delivered at an Organization of American States (OAS) Round Table on
Innovation and several meetings with prospective development partners,
including the OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development, the
Inter-American Development Bank and private sector companies such as
During his Keynote Remarks on “Innovation policies and
the importance of innovation indicators” at the OAS HQ in Washington
DC, Minister Lloyd observed the ongoing work in The Bahamas and wider
region to advance innovation..