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CIBC FirstCaribbean appoints New Chief Information Officer and Managing Director, Technology & Operations - Jan 20, 2018 - 6:28:56 PM

Regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean recently announced the appointment of Esan Peters as Chief Information Officer and Managing Director, Technology & Operations, with effect from 1st February 2018.

The former St. Leonard’s Boys’ School and Harrison College student has worked in the technology and financial services industries for the past 20 years.  He held a number of progressively senior roles in the offshore software development sector from 1998 to 2002...
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IAEA helps Uganda Restart Vital Radiotherapy Services for Cancer Patients - Jan 19, 2018 - 9:38:09 AM


Uganda today inaugurated a new radiotherapy machine to resume essential treatment services for cancer patients after the country’s only previous such equipment broke down in 2016. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) provided technical and financial support for the re-establishment of radiotherapy services in Uganda...
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Statement of condolences by the National Chair of the PLP - Jan 17, 2018 - 3:17:55 PM

Statement from the Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party on reported plane crash

Our party is very saddened to learn of the loss of life which came as a result of a reported plane crash this morning, departing out of North Andros.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the community of North Andros in particular and our nation as a whole and especially to all the families that feel great pain and loss today...
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Saint Lucia Receives Assistance from the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund - Jan 16, 2018 - 5:28:12 PM

On Monday 14th January on the fringes of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2018, several Caribbean countries received development grants to finance projects that will bolster efforts to transition from fossil fuel economies to economies based on renewable energy.
Belize, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St Kitts & Nevis and Saint Lucia will benefit from the second funding cycle of the AED 183.6 million (US$ 50 million) UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF)...
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IAEA Helps Cambodia set up its first National Cancer Centre - Jan 15, 2018 - 7:25:58 AM

Cambodia today opened the doors of its first ever national cancer centre. The new facility was built with the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and will significantly increase the country’s capacity to fight a growing cancer burden.

The Techo Santepheap Centre, located at the Calmette Hospital in the capital Phnom Penh, is part of a national strategy to increase cancer care coverage. Until today, Cambodia only had one radiotherapy machine...
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Cayman Finance announces new Chairman - Jan 11, 2018 - 6:10:36 PM

At its recent annual members’ meeting, Cayman Finance proudly announced that its new elected Chairman would be former Managing Director and Senior Executive Vice President of International Banking at Butterfield Group, Conor O’Dea.

Jude Scott, Cayman Finance CEO, said that he was excited to welcome Mr O’Dea to the team.
“We are excited to add Mr O’Dea’s talent to Cayman Finance and look forward to working with him going forward to protect, promote and grow the Cayman Islands financial services industry,” he said...
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Fact Sheet -New Travel Advisories for U.S. Travelers - Jan 11, 2018 - 3:58:19 PM

On January 10, 2018, the Department of State launched improvements to how we share information with U.S. travelers.  These improvements will provide U.S. citizens with clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information worldwide.  Under the new system, every country will have a Travel Advisory, providing levels of advice ranging from 1 to 4:
·        Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precautions: This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk.  There is some risk in any international travel.  Conditions in other countries may differ from those in the United States and may change at any time...
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Caribbean Export: Greater levels of priority must be given to the Outsourcing Sector - Jan 11, 2018 - 10:40:41 AM

Given the existing contribution of the outsourcing sector to job creation in the Caribbean region, coupled with its potential for expansion, calls are being made for greater levels of priority to be given to the outsourcing sector.

Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency Pamela Coke-Hamilton said more needs to be done by regional governments in seeking to position the Caribbean for the trending opportunities in the business outsourcing industry...
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CIBC FirstCaribbean Appoints New Chief Operating Officer - Dec 22, 2017 - 2:50:38 PM

CIBC FirstCaribbean has announced the appointment of Colette Delaney to the role of Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Ms. Delaney assumes responsibility for the performance of the bank’s functional regional business lines – Retail & Business Banking, Cards & Customer Relationship Management, Corporate & Investment Banking, and Wealth Management.She continues to be responsible for the bank’s Regional Country Management including local regulatory and client relationships. Additionally, Ms. Delaney leads the Marketing & Communications and Strategy functions...
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Saint Lucia Food & Rum Festival to feature The First Annual Caribbean Rum Awards - Dec 21, 2017 - 10:31:14 AM

Saint Lucia’s 2018 Food & Rum Festival, being held from January 12th to 14th is set to not only showcase the island’s unique culinary and rum heritage, but will be the backdrop for the first annual Caribbean Rum Awards 

The Rum Awards is being undertaken in collaboration with Caribbean Journal, which has, throughout 2017, been sampling rums from Caribbean and international suppliers and distillers...
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H.E. Sidney Collie Delivers Maiden address to Organization of American States - Dec 15, 2017 - 10:53:30 PM

H.E. Sidney Collie, Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United States of America and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the Organization of American States (OAS), delivered his maiden address to the Permanent Council of the OAS on 13 December 2017.

In his remarks to the Organization, Ambassador Collie affirmed The Bahamas commitment to “multilateralism and to active engagement with the OAS to address matters of mutual interest for sustainable development, enhanced citizen security, protection of human rights and preservation of democracy....
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Caribbean Export: Who will represent the Region's private sector - Dec 13, 2017 - 9:12:23 AM

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the world’s largest donor organization, the European Union, pulled together some of the region’s most influential business leaders and private sector representative organisations to answer this very question last week at a Private Sector Engagement Meeting in Kingston, Jamaica.

The meeting included a feature address from former Prime Minister of Jamaica Mr Bruce Golding who stressed that the region’s private sector collectively has the power to effect positive change in the region’s legislation and to drive the business climate in a manner that supports economic growth...
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Caribbean Native Heads Sister Cities International: Mr. Roger-mark De Souza appointed New President and CEO - Dec 13, 2017 - 7:04:08 AM

Effective January 2nd, 2018, Mr. Roger-Mark De Souza, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, will become the new President and CEO of Sister Cities International, the national association of U.S. sister city organizations and the premier global leader in citizen diplomacy.  

“We are thrilled and honored to have Roger-Mark joining our team,” said Sister Cities International Board Chair and acting CEO Tim Quigley. “His experience conceptualizing tangible solutions to global issues, galvanizing public and private resources, and his passion for productive relationships that strengthen bonds worldwide make him the right fit to lead the Sister Cities International network movement at this crucial point in time...” 
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Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott participates in Bloomberg/Hedge Fund Association’s 2017 Global Regulatory Briefing - Dec 12, 2017 - 1:15:24 PM

Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance, spoke as a panelist on Wednesday, November 1, at the Hedge Fund Association’s 2017 Global Regulatory Briefing. The event took place at the office of Bloomberg LP in New York City, New York.

“Regulators, law enforcement authorities and industry associations like Cayman Finance and others represented at this event play a crucial role in maintaining stability and confidence in the global financial services industry,” said Scott...
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Barbados joins Regional Initiative- Latin and America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour against Child Labour - Dec 11, 2017 - 12:30:01 PM

Barbados is the ninth CARICOM country to join the Regional Initiative, Latin and America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour. Honourable Esther Byer-Suckoo, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development symbolically handed over the signed agreement to José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, ILO Regional Director of the Americas and Caribbean in the margins of the Organization of American States (OAS) XX Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour being hosted in Bridgetown, Barbados from 7-8 December, 2017...
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Bahamian Diplomats meet with US Congresswoman Robin Kelly - Dec 10, 2017 - 1:41:57 PM

Diplomatic representatives of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas held an introductory bilateral meeting with the senior Illinois representative on the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs in Washington, D.C., December 7, 2017. The Honorable Robin L. Kelly (D-IL 2nd District) met with His Excellency, Sidney Collie, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States; Hon. Theo Neilly, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, DC; Mr. Chet Neymour, Deputy Chief of Mission, Bahamas Embassy; Hon. Michael C. Fountain, Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago and Ms. Janine Gibson, Vice Consul, Washington, DC to discuss opportunities to strengthen the engagement between her office, the Midwest Jurisdiction and the Commonwealth...
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Kamau Brathwaite in Liviticus – like the Psalmist in Babylon; like the weeping prophet, a book review by John Robert Lee - Dec 4, 2017 - 12:08:28 PM

Liviticus, published in 2017 by House of Nehesi Publishers, is a new collection that is at once a moving confessional poem, in which Kamau Brathwaite writes honestly, frankly, disturbingly on what he calls his “cultural lynching.”

He holds nothing back as he cries, like the prophet Jeremiah, about his suffering:
“The caul of fat around my liver and the shining budget of my kidneys / are laid out upon the altar of the Lord / surrounded by the howling congregations of the vigilante...
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Bahamas Ambassador Collie presents Credentials to U.S. President Trump - Dec 1, 2017 - 7:30:02 PM

His Excellency Sidney Collie presented letters of credence to United States President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday, November 29, officially accrediting him as Ambassador of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United States of America. 

In his presentation to President Trump, Collie highlighted the shared history and cultural, social and economic relationship between The Bahamas and the United States of America. The countries' close ties were also emphasized by President Trump, who expressed his willingness to work with Ambassador Collie “to advance our common agenda and deepen the very strong relations between our countries”...
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Let’s end stigma and end isolation to end HIV - Dec 1, 2017 - 6:44:45 PM

As we mark World AIDS Day 2017, we do so with the realisation that the goal of ending new HIV infections and controlling AIDS is within sight. Recent studies confirm a drop in the number of new HIV cases and an increase in diagnosis and treatment. Still, the Caribbean is lagging behind much of the developed world in that regard.

Stigma, discrimination and criminalisation remain some of the biggest barriers to achieving targets to end new HIV infections and end AIDS. HIV infections in Latin America and the Caribbean remain at 120,000 new infections per year and while 64% of people living with HIV in the Caribbean know their status, very few are open about their HIV/AIDS status.

“Framing HIV as a ‘gay disease’ has resulted in more harm than good,” says Executive Director of the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE)...
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De Jeunesse Bath and Body Products wins top $5,000 USD prize at LINK-Caribbean Pitch Competition - Dec 1, 2017 - 8:28:07 AM

De Jeunesse Bath and Body Products, a company that manufactures high-quality, natural bath and body products, earned the top prize at the launch of the LINK-Caribbean Pitch Competition held November 21 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago.

They wowed the judges with their pitch from a field of five competing firms and walked away with the coveted $5,000 USD prize. Chief Executive Officer Shenelle Hills-Fife said, “We are overjoyed but we also realized that it does not matter what kind of company you have...
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