Saint Lucia Government Extends Condolences Following Deadly Explosion in Manchester
- May 23, 2017 - 1:06:38 PM
Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet has described
the attack on Monday in Manchester, England, as horrific and an attack
against peace in the world. The attack has left 22 people dead and over
50 persons injured.
“It is with tremendous sadness that we extend
condolences to the British following this horrific and heartless attack
in Manchester which took so many innocent lives of children and adults
simply enjoying a concert,” said Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. “On
behalf of the Government and People of Saint Lucia we express deep
sorrow and offer sympathy at this time to the people of Manchester and
all the families affected by this heinous act...
Inaugural summit to boost trade among India and the Commonwealth
- May 23, 2017 - 9:46:30 AM
Business leaders and high-level policymakers will join forces for the
first India-Commonwealth Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) trade
summit. Three hundred Indian firms and more than 100 businesses from
across the Commonwealth will be in one room in Delhi on the 30 and 31
May 2017 to enhance trade and investment partnerships.
Commonwealth has some of the fastest growing countries in the world. In
fact, growth over the past two decades is more than double that in the
European Union,” said Deputy Secretary-General Deodat Maharaj. “But
intra-Commonwealth trade amounts to only 17 per cent of Commonwealth
members global trade, and services trade has a much smaller share, only
one-quarter of the total intra-Commonwealth trade. This is where the
summit could help...”
New phase for Hub and Spokes trade initiative which aids Africa, Caribbean and Pacific
- May 23, 2017 - 7:53:06 AM
An innovative trade initiative which is expanding opportunities for
business, employment and prosperity in African, Caribbean and Pacific
countries will be extended to February 2019.
The Hub and Spokes
programme is a joint initiative of the European Union, ACP Group
Secretariat, Commonwealth Secretariat and Organisation Internationale de
la Francophonie. Through the programme, trade advisers are placed in
government ministries and regional organisations to provide support and
build local capacity to develop trade policies...
Caribbean Week New York adds new events for 2017; Travel Agent Forum Returns to Schedule
- May 22, 2017 - 1:50:15 PM
for Caribbean Week New York, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)
has added a RUM Rumble during Caribbean Media Marketplace (Thursday,
June 8) where more than 125 journalists, as well as tourism officials
and industry executives, will witness the best-of-the-best Caribbean
rum-mixing masters compete for the title of Caribbean Week Mixologist of
the Year. The Caribbean Week Mixologist of the Year will be announced
at the RUM & Rhythm Benefit where the Rum Rumble finalists will
debut their winning cocktails on Friday, June 9.
Returning by popular demand is the Trade Show and Educational FoRUM for Travel Agents following a brief hiatus last year...
UVI RTPark to Host VIP Investment Showcase During Caribbean Week In New York
- May 21, 2017 - 4:39:00 PM
The University of the Virgin Islands Research & Technology Park,
(UVI RTPark), will celebrate Caribbean Week in New York and Caribbean
American Heritage Month in the USA with a Big Apple VIP Investment
Showcase Reception this June.
The event is set to introduce the opportunities of the RTPark program to
business leaders and key members of the Caribbean Diaspora in New York
and highlight the many advantages to doing business with the RTPark
program and the US Virgin Islands.
The UVI RTPark program, established in 2002, is a specialist economic
development agency that aims to successfully establish the U.S. Virgin
Islands as a premier business destination of choice for firms in
knowledge and technology intensive sectors...
Coast Guard offload more than 18 tons of cocaine in Port Everglades
- May 21, 2017 - 7:30:52 AM
The crew of the Coast Guard Hamilton offloaded approximately 18.5 tons
(16,856 kilograms) of cocaine Thursday in Port Everglades worth an
estimated $498 million wholesale seized in international waters off the
Eastern Pacific Ocean.
The drugs were interdicted along Central and South America by U.S. Coast
Guard cutters and a Royal Canadian Navy ship sailing with an embarked
Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team aboard.
The offload represents 20 separate, suspected drug smuggling vessel
interdictions by the Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Naval crews and its
Message from OAS Secretary General on Venezuela
- May 20, 2017 - 12:12:37 PM
Desmond Tutu once said "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."
boxer Archie Moore, referring to Muhammad Ali, also said, "He is a
fighter who stands for something. He is a rights fighter also, like me.
The man who stands neutral stands for nothing."
The beginning of this message is based on quotes from two people of African descent.
Climate change and flooding threaten 4.2 million people on Caribbean and Pacific islands
- May 20, 2017 - 11:37:04 AM
A new study
by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million
people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in
the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to
rising sea levels.
In addition to coastal erosion, rising sea levels are expected to
negatively impact economic output and employment and could aggravate
inflation and cause an increase in government debt, according to the
study, A Blue Urban Agenda: Adapting to Climate Change in the Coastal Cities of Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States...
Fisheries Ministers from CRFM Member States meet Friday in Guyana
- May 19, 2017 - 11:16:26 PM
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will host the 11th
Meeting of its Ministerial Council—the highest ranking decision-making
body of the regional fisheries organization—starting at 9:00 a.m. on
Friday, May 19, at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana.
who hold the portfolio for fisheries from the 17 Member States of the
CRFM, or their appointed delegates, are slated to attend the event, at
which Guyana is expected to be elected as the new chair of the Council.
ministers from across the Caribbean will review ongoing programmes and
the status of and trends in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. They
will also discuss further actions needed to tackle the pressing
challenges facing the sector...
Finalists in Caribbean Week Mixologist Competition Announced
- May 19, 2017 - 2:45:04 PM
On Monday evening (May 15), the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)
welcomed six of the Caribbean's finest mixologists to Roof at Park South
in New York for one of the final two Rum Rumbles leading up to the
sixth annual Rum & Rhythm Benefit taking place June 9, 2017, as part
of the week-long Caribbean Week New York (#CWNY17).
Rum Rumbles are a series of promotional competitions held at popular rum
bars in Manhattan. Last night's Rum Rumble cocktail reception welcomed
CTO officials and bar patrons as Syl Johnson and Dani DeLuna tied for
first place to become finalists for their impressive mixologist skills
and rum cocktail creations. Johnson and DeLuna triumphed over fellow
contenders Andrew Porteous, Sarah Akramos, Juan Arboleda and Chelsea
Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Doug Manchester as Ambassador to the Bahamas
- May 19, 2017 - 2:38:33 PM
President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Doug Manchester as Ambassador to the Bahamas.
confirmed, “Papa” Doug Manchester of California will serve as
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to the Commonwealth of the
Manchester is a leading industrialist with accomplishments on a
national and international scale in telecommunications, radio broadcast,
medical instrumentation, publishing,
and real estate development...
Coast Guard warns about dangers aiming lasers at vessels
- May 19, 2017 - 12:55:07 PM
Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region wants to remind
boaters of the dangers in aiming lasers at commercial vessel.
commercial vessels, the main threat is that exposure to laser light can
cause blindness to the ship’s operators possibly causing a collision in
the shipping channel. For the Coast Guard, a laser aimed at a Coast
Guard asset could cause a search-and-rescue mission to be delayed – or
In a recent case, Coast Guard Investigative Service
worked with Calvert County Sheriff's Office to investigate and locate
an individual shining laser lights to at least eight commercial vessels
transiting the Chesapeake Bay between Cove Point and Drum Point...
Caribbean region aims to integrate gender equality in disaster risk management in the agriculture sector
- May 19, 2017 - 12:29:33 PM
In an effort to strengthen the resiliency of communities to disasters in
the Caribbean, 25 representatives from 12 countries across the region
are participating in a regional training workshop for integrating gender
equality in disaster risk management programming for the agriculture
sector. The workshop is being co-facilitated by the Caribbean Disaster
Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in collaboration with the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and is held on
17-19 May 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana.
The Caribbean region is
very vulnerable to the effects of climate change and at high risk of
natural and man-made hazards, such as floods, drought, hurricanes,
landslides, earthquakes, fires as well as transboundary threats...
Coast Guard suspends search for woman 30 miles west of Cay Sal, Bahamas
- May 19, 2017 - 1:26:40 AM
The Coast Guard suspended their search at 8:45 p.m.Thursday for a missing woman 30 miles west of Cay Sal, Bahamas.
Missing is Isabella Hellman, 41, of Delray Beach.
deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ms. Hellman in
this difficult time," said Capt. Aldante Vinciguerra, chief of response
for the Coast Guard Seventh District. "Suspending a search is never an
easy call to make and was made with deep consideration in this tragic
Industry Leaders to Address Tourism Marketing Conference During Caribbean Week NY
- May 18, 2017 - 12:16:50 PM
Caribbean tourism marketers, policymakers and practitioners will be
privy to the latest expert tactics and best practices in marketing and
brand reputation at the marketing conference during Caribbean Week New York. Themed Marketing Caribbean Tourism in
the New "Ab"Normal, the event will take place Thursday, June 8, 2017,
8:00 a.m. - noon at the Wyndham New Yorker (481 Eighth Avenue).
the event, some of the most influential travel industry experts in the
U.S. will provide detailed guidance about how to select and leverage
well-known tools and platforms during times of constant change, to
encourage travel and loyalty to the region...
Coast Guard suspends search for missing airplane 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas
- May 18, 2017 - 6:55:26 AM
The Coast Guard suspended the searchat8:45 p.m.Thursday for fourpeople15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas.
are Jennifer Blumin, 40, from New York City,Nathan Ulrich, 52, from
Lee, New Hampshire, and Blumin's 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons.
was a swift and significant loss and its impact has reverberated through
everyone that participated in the search,"said Christopher Eddy, search
and rescue mission coordinator. "Our hearts and prayers go out to all
of the families involved.."
Coast Guard continues searching for survivors from missing airplane 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas
- May 17, 2017 - 8:35:19 PM
The Coast Guard continues to search for survivorsWednesday15 miles east
of Eleuthera, Bahamas, from an airplane that was reported missing
Missing are Jennifer Blumin, 40, from New York
City,Nathan Ulrich, 52, from Lee, New Hampshire, and Blumin's 3-year-old
and 4-year-old sons.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Coast
Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located a
fuel sheen and adebris field 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas. The
helicopter crew was able to lowera rescue swimmer and retrieve some of
thedebris to transfer ashore for identification...
PAHO Encourages Caribbean Countries to Tax Tobacco, Alcohol and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
- May 16, 2017 - 8:42:50 PM
Taxes on tobacco, alcoholic and sweetened beverages can help reduce
consumption of these products and generate income that can be used to
improve the health of the Caribbean population. The Pan American Health
Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is encouraging
Caribbean authorities to adopt these tax measures, which can contribute
to reducing the burden of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular
diseases and cancer, and their devastating social and economic
Implementing taxes on the consumption of unhealthy products requires
decisions by health authorities as well as finance authorities who
design tax policies. To that end, PAHO/WHO is bringing together health
and finance officials from 17 countries and territories for the
Caribbean Subregional Workshop on Alcohol, Tobacco..
OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations
- May 16, 2017 - 3:28:12 PM
On May 15, 2017, OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco, the
man who successfully challenged Belize’s sodomy law and won, with the
Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization’s annual gala, a Celebration
OutRight’s award ceremony held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates
Dining room, was attended by more than 300 activists, human rights
defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. The evening’s host, performer and
artist Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, shared the stage with presenter
Congressman Mark Takano and honorees Caleb Orozco, Unibam Belize,
OutSpoken award recipient Logo TV, accepted by Pam Post, Vice President
of original programming and series development, and OutStanding Awardee
Blanche Wiesen Cook, prize-winning biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt.
Special guests included Tracey Norman, pioneering transgender model...