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OAS to Observe February 2 Municipal Elections in Costa Rica - Jan 21, 2020 - 7:44:48 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Costa Rica today signed an agreement to send an Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) to the municipal elections of February 2, 2020, at a ceremony at the headquarters of the agency hemispheric in Washington, DC.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, recalled that Costa Rica was the first country to which the Organization sent an EOM, in 1962. “It is an honor to send a team back to a country with such a long democratic trajectory, that in these municipal elections will elect a total of 6,138 positions...
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Insufficient paid work affects almost half a billion people, new ILO report shows - Jan 20, 2020 - 6:12:56 PM

Almost half a billion people are working fewer paid hours than they would like or lack adequate access to paid work, according to a new International Labour Organization (ILO) report.

In addition, the World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2020  (WESO) shows that unemployment is projected to increase by around 2.5 million in 2020...
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NASA, SpaceX complete final major flight test of Crew Spacecraft - Jan 19, 2020 - 2:30:20 PM

NASA and SpaceX completed a launch escape demonstration of the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket Sunday. This was the final major flight test of the spacecraft before it begins carrying astronauts to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

The launch escape test began at 10:30 a.m. EST with liftoff from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to show the spacecraft’s capability to safely separate from the rocket in the unlikely event of an inflight emergency...
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OAS General Secretariat on the Conclusion of the MACCIH - Jan 17, 2020 - 9:41:57 PM

Today, the negotiations between the Government of Honduras and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) regarding the renewal of the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) concluded.

Unfortunately, it was not possible to reach the agreements required for the renewal of the mandate of the Mission, which is why MACCIH will end its functions on January 19, 2020...
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London Show Lands Film Business - Jan 17, 2020 - 11:47:51 AM

The Bahamas Film & Television Commission ended 2019 with a picture of success as its December trade mission landed film shoots and inquiries for further film business in The Bahamas.

The Commission, a division of the Ministry of Tourism, makes regular calls on filmmakers and production companies through attending trade shows and film festivals. As one of several commissions attending the two-day Focus Location Guide show in London...
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OAS Electoral Observation Mission to Make Preliminary Visit to the Dominican Republic - Jan 17, 2020 - 9:49:48 AM

A technical team of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) for the municipal elections in the Dominican Republic will make a preliminary visit to the country between January 21 and 25...
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OAS Observation Mission to the Special Congressional Elections in Peru Begins Deployment - Jan 16, 2020 - 4:00:42 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to the special congressional elections in Peru began its deployment for the January 26 elections...
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German Judicial Scan Commends Caribbean Court of Justice - Jan 15, 2020 - 2:37:26 PM

A recent study conducted by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German corporation for international co-operation, found a high level of confidence in the integrity and independence of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The Judicial Integrity Scan also commended the Court for its institutional design, organisational capacities and the competencies of the staff. The study was based on the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct which aim to establish standards of judicial integrity internationally...
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NASA, NOAA Analyses reveal 2019 second warmest year on record - Jan 15, 2020 - 2:25:17 PM

According to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earth's global surface temperatures in 2019 were the second warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880.

Globally, 2019 temperatures were second only to those of 2016 and continued the planet's long-term warming trend: the past five years have been the warmest of the last 140 years...
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The 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Marigot - Jan 15, 2020 - 10:31:14 AM

Dr. Stephanie Melyon-Reinette is in St. Martin to deliver the 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. “Valuing Excellence in Caribbean Arts” is the theme of the lecture at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Spring Concordia, Marigot, at 7:30 PM, said Shujah Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics Foundation (CLF). “I look forward to the lecture and the positive discussion,” said Dr. Melyon, a psychologist and performance artist who arrived from Guadeloupe on Tuesday. For 33 years CLF has opened its island-wide cultural calendar on January 15 with the MLK, Jr. lecture...
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Ecuador Ratifies the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Discrimination and Intolerance at the OAS - Jan 14, 2020 - 7:36:26 PM

Ecuador today deposited at the General Secretariat of the Organization of the American States (OAS) the instrument of ratification of the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance.

During the ceremony, the Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the OAS, Carlos Alberto Játiva, said that with this initiative his country "joins the national and hemispheric efforts to ensure that the rights recognized in this treaty may be reaffirmed, effectively implemented and protected, inspired by the principles of legal equality and non-discrimination."...
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New Permanent Representative of Bolivia Presents Credentials - Jan 14, 2020 - 2:50:53 PM

The new Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the Organization of American States (OAS), Jaime Aparicio Otero, today presented his credentials to the Secretary General, Luis Almagro, during a ceremony held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC.

The representative of the transitional government of Bolivia announced that his country is preparing hold presidential elections with observation by the international community. "“We are going to convene presidential elections for May 3, 2020...
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2020 New Year’s address by PM Allen M. Chastanet - Jan 12, 2020 - 8:15:45 AM

Good evening, fellow Saint Lucians, at home and abroad. A Happy New Year to you all. I pray that 2020 will bring you good health, peace, happiness and prosperity. 

I thank you all for the spirit of giving and love which flowed throughout our island in December. It was a joy for my family and I to share in the festivities, especially in my constituency of Micoud South...
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Commonwealth Secretary-General will visit India next week to address Raisina Dialogue - Jan 10, 2020 - 2:44:53 PM

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will address the 2020 Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, India next week.

The Dialogue is India’s flagship conference on geopolitics and geo-economics. In her speech, the Secretary-General will highlight the need for multilateral responses to navigate the most pressing issues facing the global community...
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Haiti earthquake, a decade Later: Food For the poor donors devoted to rebuilding - Jan 10, 2020 - 1:08:40 PM

“I lost my father and three sisters, I loved them… I don’t know what I am going to do now, I just don’t know,” were the pain-filled words of an injured young man recorded by a Food For The Poor staff member in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after a devastating earthquake rocked the Caribbean nation a decade ago.

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at 4:53 p.m., a sudden shift in a fault line triggered a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake near Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. More than 250,000 people were killed that day and an estimated 1.3 million were left homeless...
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Digital Government Platform proposed for region - Jan 8, 2020 - 4:01:14 PM

As technology becomes a more intertwined part of day-to-day activities within society, leaders are required to streamline interactions within government agencies and between government agencies, citizens and commercial operators in more innovative ways. Imagine being able to easily renew your driver’s licence or register a business and other public e-services electronically. Improving cross-agency interoperability and only requiring citizens to only submit data once. These are the possibilities ahead now that Cybernetica and Cloud Carib have signed an agreement recently in Estonia to implement a secure data exchange based on the Unified eXchange Platform (UXP) for pilot projects in the Caribbean region...
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NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel releases 2019 Annual Report - Jan 7, 2020 - 3:51:14 PM

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, issued its 2019 annual report Tuesday examining the agency’s safety performance over the past year and highlighting accomplishments, issues and concerns.

The report highlights 2019 activities and includes assessments of NASA’s:
  •     International Space Station
  •     Lunar and deep space exploration...
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OAS General Secretariat on the Situation in Venezuela - Jan 6, 2020 - 8:27:19 AM

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) welcomes the re-election of the interim President and President of the National Assembly Juan Guaidó, which took place this afternoon within the framework of the law, with the support of 100 parliamentarians and complying with the quorum in accordance with the relevant regulations....
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New Year's Message from Acting Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization - Dec 31, 2019 - 1:05:27 PM

If we were to stop and reflect on this year as it comes to a close, we would most likely describe 2019 as a varied year, which both highlighted the strengths in Caribbean tourism and its inherent weaknesses.

The sector's strengths were evident in the significant growth rates experienced by most Caribbean countries. Despite contraction in some larger destinations, such as Cuba and the Dominican Republic...
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Republic Bank continues to invest in Caribbean Communities - Dec 27, 2019 - 1:20:44 PM

Republic Bank has provided a US$34 million senior term loan as part of a US$80 million investment in the Royalton Grenada Resort and Spa located on two white-sand beaches in Tamarind Bay, Grenada. The loan was arranged by the Investment Banking Division of the Republic Bank Group.

The Royalton Grenada is scheduled to commence operations in March 2020 offering guests the option to stay at any of its 212 luxury rooms or 49 Diamond Club luxury suites...
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