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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)...
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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...
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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. 

“Home 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...
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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.
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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.

As 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...
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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 solutions equally...
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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, California.

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...
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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.

Member states will be discussing ways to address climate change, financial exclusion, unemployment and the vulnerability of small and developing states...
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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...
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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 efforts.
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)...
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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...
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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)...
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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.

Tonight 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.

I 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.
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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 Sanitary Conference.

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...
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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...
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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 (Caribbean Export).

“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...
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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 smiles...
News : International : Caribbean News : Turks & Caicos Islands
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!

Hurricanes 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
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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...
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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 Microsoft.

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..
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