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Tobago Trekkers Win Investment at the Animation Accelerator Pitch Competition - Aug 22, 2019 - 10:50:41 AM

Eight teams of Caribbean animators and gaming practitioners pitched their animation concepts to international content buyers on the final day of the Animation and Gaming Accelerator training.  The E-IDCOT Tobago Project with their Tobago Trekkers game won the top prize of $10,000 USD provided by the Caribbean Development Bank via the Cultural Industries Innovative Fund (CIIF).  Caribbean animation content has now been positioned to secure 200 hours of Caribbean content to be shown on US networks...
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United Workers Party Pays Tribute to Claude ‘I-pie’ Ferdinand - Aug 21, 2019 - 2:50:09 PM

The United Workers Party is deeply saddened by the passing of Claude ‘I-pie’ Ferdinand and sends deepest condolences to his family and friends and the people of Dennery South.

Claude Ferdinand was a man who not only demonstrated wisdom but was also a model of humility. He was a calm spirit and gentle giant and he stood tall among his contemporaries. He was revered by many and many looked forward to hearing his opinion on matters...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS and Cisco to launch Cybersecurity Innovation Councils in Latin America - Aug 15, 2019 - 12:40:38 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and Cisco today announced joint efforts to democratize and boost cybersecurity adoption across Latin America through the creation of the Cybersecurity Innovation Councils. This initiative will serve as multi-stakeholder spaces in which leaders and experts from the private sector, public sector, academia, NGOs and security technology vendors will collaborate to drive innovation, raise awareness, and expand best practices...
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St. Martin book recommended in the USA; Caribbean Counterpoint - Aug 13, 2019 - 10:30:04 AM

The USA booklist from California’s Small Press Distribution (SPD) includes a new book published in St. Martin: Caribbean Counterpoint: The Aesthetics of Salt in Lasana Sekou by Sara Florian, PhD.

Each month, SPD recommends its top 20 books, mostly from US independent presses. The selected titles are promoted nationwide to readers, book buyers...
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Urgent multilateral climate action needed for security and wellbeing of Pacific islanders - Aug 9, 2019 - 3:37:59 PM

It is an undisputable fact that Pacific islanders face an existential threat from climate change.
To a far more immediate degree than people living in most other parts of the world, inhabitants of low-lying atolls and archipelagos in the Pacific have to worry about losing their security and livelihoods, and even the very existence of the place they call home...
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ILO announces Future of Work Essay Competition winners - Aug 9, 2019 - 10:00:00 AM

Celebrating how youth envision an inclusive, prosperous and sustainable future of work for the Caribbean was the focus of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Essay Competition Awards Ceremony, held on 7 August 2019 in Port of Spain.

Organized in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine Campus), the Essay Competition invited undergraduate-level university students from across the English...
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CANTO achieves success at its 35th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition in Trinidad & Tobago - Aug 9, 2019 - 9:30:41 AM

From July 21st – 24th 2019, the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago was transformed into a digital think tank as CANTO hosted its 35th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition under the theme, “Transitioning to a Digital Region - Opportunities and Challenges”.

CANTO’s Board of Directors, with expert assistance from its Port-of-Spain based Secretariat, delivered a packed programme that was both relevant and varied in its scope, allowing civil society, young gamers and animators to equally voice their opinions on the digital future of the Caribbean and Latin America...
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CRFM and CDEMA sign agreement to enhance disaster management and resilience in fisheries - Jul 31, 2019 - 4:15:53 PM

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to enhance comprehensive disaster management and climate change resilience in the fisheries and aquaculture sector within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, signed the MOU for CRFM while the Executive Director of CDEMA, Ronald Jackson, signed on behalf of CDEMA.  The signing took place during the Tenth General Meeting of the Caribbean Community...
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C&W Communications wins best booth at CANTO 2019 - Jul 28, 2019 - 4:30:08 PM

C&W Communications (C&W) was awarded Best Booth at the 35th Annual CANTO Conference in Trinidad and Tobago. The award is based on several criteria including visual impact, organisation of exhibition material, availability of information, quality of staff, overall impression, and also includes votes from the conference attendees. The 4-day Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, was held under the theme ‘Transitioning to a Digital Region – Opportunities & Challenges’ ended with the official Closing Cocktail on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019...
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PwC launches digital skills training programme for employees in the Caribbean - Jul 25, 2019 - 3:50:03 PM

The PwC network firms operating in the Caribbean are launching an internal training programme to boost the skills of its employees across the region.  PwC’s intermediate to advanced skills-building programme, called Digital Accelerators, will equip participants to transform the way they work by using more effective and efficient tools and working practices.  Digital accelerators will have a direct impact on how we transform our working practices and how we upskill the entire workforce on everything from data analytics and automation to machine learning and blockchain...
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SBDC entrepreneurs go international - Jul 23, 2019 - 6:30:31 PM

The Access Accelerator - Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) through the efforts of the Consulate General of Atlanta facilitated a trip to Atlanta, Georgia. There, four Bahamian companies participated in The Village Market Atlanta selling Bahamian handmade products.

The village features black entrepreneurs and creates opportunities for black business owners to maximize profits while creating and sustaining generational wealth in black communities...
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Caribbean States prepare to battle illegal fishing - Jul 19, 2019 - 6:30:00 PM

Eighteen border control officers from seven Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) are currently undergoing  a four-week training course in Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction, organized by the Barbados-based Regional Security System (RSS) in collaboration with the CRFM Secretariat, the Government of Barbados, and the British Royal Navy’s Fisheries Protection Squadron.

The training, being held at the Paragon Base of the Barbados Defense Force, brings together officers of the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force Coast Guard; Antigua and Barbuda Fisheries Division; Barbados Coast Guard; Royal Barbados Police Force Marine Unit; Barbados Fisheries Division...
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Commonwealth releases final report on Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary elections - Jul 18, 2019 - 9:27:13 AM

The Commonwealth observer group deployed to observe Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary elections has released its final report today.

These were the first elections that a Commonwealth group observed since Maldives withdrew its membership in 2016...
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Grenada PM Lauds Joint UWI – Regional Rum Industry Initiative - Jul 16, 2019 - 7:41:09 PM

Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. The Right Hon. Keith Mitchell has lauded the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of the West Indies Open Campus and the regional rum industry grouping - the West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA).

Speaking last week during the signing of the MOU in Grenada, the Prime Minister said the initiative, which will see as its first task the development of an online training initiative for the industry, was a great example of the university applying itself to the needs of the productive sector...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala acknowledge OAS contribution to seeking solution to their territorial differendum - Jul 15, 2019 - 5:00:32 PM

The Foreign Ministers of Belize, Wilfred Elrington; and Guatemala, Sandra Jovel, today spoke to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) about the progress made in recent years to find a permanent and definitive solution to the territorial differendum involving both nations for several decades, especially the decision by both countries to submit the case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

During the meeting, the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, congratulated both governments for having held referenda to submit the case to the International Court of Justice, in compliance with an agreement signed in 2008...
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CTO Mourns Loss of Marie Walker, Long-Time Tourism Colleague & Friend of the Caribbean - Jul 15, 2019 - 3:49:27 PM

Executives and staff of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) are mourning the loss of Marie Walker, a long-time Jamaica-born tourism colleague and friend who dedicated her time to the betterment of the Caribbean region.

"Marie Walker was a passionate tourism regionalist who never missed an opportunity to serve on a CTO committee, most recently at the Caribbean Week debriefing meeting two weeks ago," said Sylma Brown, director of CTO-USA, Inc...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Grenada Assumes Chair of the Permanent Council - Jul 12, 2019 - 4:50:13 PM

The Permanent Representative of Grenada to the Organization of American States (OAS), Yolande Smith, today assumed the chair of the Permanent Council of the Organization, which is held on a rotating basis every three months.

Ambassador Smith spoke of the importance of carrying out the Council's actions based on integrity. "Integrity in the process, in the way we conduct our daily affairs, in the responsibility entrusted to us; at the end of the day we are representatives of our countries and our symbols, our sovereignty and our statehood must be respected," she said...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Delivers Final Report on Electoral Reforms to the National Congress of Honduras - Jul 11, 2019 - 8:00:40 PM

The group of international experts from the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation of the Organization of American States (OAS), delivered today its final report regarding electoral reforms, which includes legislative proposals, to the National Congress of the Republic of Honduras, so the country may strengthen its processes and institutions...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Report Reveals 43% of Large Financial Institutions in Mexico Suffered Cyber Incidents in the Last Year - Jul 11, 2019 - 5:45:20 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) today presented the report "The State of Cybersecurity in the Mexican Financial System," which analyzes the digital security of 240 Mexican financial entities from different sectors as part of its task of strengthening the capabilities and level of awareness about cyber threats in Latin America and the Caribbean...
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OPIC Swears in New Board Member - Jul 10, 2019 - 1:45:35 PM

David Bohigian, Acting President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, has sworn in a new member to serve on OPIC’s Board of Directors, Irving W. Bailey II.

“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Bailey to OPIC’s Board of Directors at such an important time for the agency,” said OPIC Acting President and CEO David Bohigian. “Mr. Bailey brings expertise in the financial services industry and significant private sector experience to the Board.”...
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